Yellow Jacket Traps: Time to Trap The Queen!
Trapping Yellow Jacket queens is an extremely efficient method of reducing the Yellow Jacket population around your home or office. For every queen trapped and killed – especially in the spring – there will be one to five thousand fewer worker Yellow Jackets during the upcoming season. More information and Yellow Jacket facts below.
Set your traps now, capture the queens and have a Yellow Jacket-less summer and fall!
A fictional type of yellow jacket was used in The Hunger Games movie. They are called “tracker jackers”, a genetically mutated species lethal to all people from repeated stingsFUN FACT
The Yellow Jacket Cycle (Why You Should Set Traps Every Year)
By mid-summer, the first adult Yellow Jacket workers emerge and assume the tasks of nest expansion, foraging for food, care of the queen and larvae, and colony defense.
From this time until her death in the autumn, the queen remains inside the nest, laying eggs. The colony then expands rapidly, reaching a maximum size of 4,000 to 5,000 workers and a nest of 10,000 to 15,000 cells in late summer. At peak size, reproductive cells are built with new males and queens produced. Adult reproductives remain in the nest fed by the workers. New queens build up fat reserves for winter. Adult reproductives leave the parent colony to mate. After mating, males quickly die, while fertilized queens seek protected places for winter.
In the spring, the cycle is repeated; weather in the spring is the most important factor in colony establishment.
The clear message here is to make sure you set out your traps in early Spring to stop the above process from happening at all.
Yellow jackets are sometimes mistakenly called “bees” (as in “meat bees”), given that they are similar in size and appearance and both sting, but yellow jackets are actually wasps. These species have lance-like stingers with small barbs, and typically sting repeatedly.
Each year, as many as 100 people die as a result of bee and wasp stings.NPMA – National Pest Management Association
What To Do
Your SOS technician will be happy to load your traps with a new pheromone insert and maintain/empty them on your regular service days from March thru November for a total of $60 – just give us a call prior to your service day to let us know if you would like this bonus package. If you are placing traps out for the first time, we recommend buying 2-3 per average size yard. More traps means more pheromones, which in turn draws an abundance of Yellow Jackets (which might not otherwise have been) into your yard.
Call SOS Pest Control today for a free, no-obligation estimate: (408) 866-6609
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Facts About Yellow Jackets
• Size: (Worker) 12 mm/0.5 in long • (Queen) 19 mm/0.75 in long
• Commonly mistaken for a bee when Yellow Jackets are actually wasps
• Yellow Jackets are not usually aggressive unless the nest is threatened
• Can sting repeatedly and are also a potential health hazard
• Populations can soar towards the end of summer
• Common pests at picnics and outside functions, seeking residual sugars left in sweetened and fermented drinks, such as soft drinks and beer
Yellow Jacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula. Members of these genera are known simply as “wasps” in other English-speaking countries. Most of these are black and yellow like the Eastern yellowjacket Vespula maculifrons and the Saxon wasp Dolichovespula saxonica; some are black and white like the bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata. Others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side-to-side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging. Despite having drawn the fear and loathing of humans, yellow jackets are in fact important predators of pest insects.