The majority of yellow jackets are black and yellow striped, although others are black and white. Yellow jackets have narrow and distinct waists, unlike bumblebees, which have a large waist. The yellow jacket worker has alternating yellow and black stripes on the abdomen and is about 12 inches long. Because of their similar hue and the fact that they may be drawn to the same food sources, foraging yellow jackets are sometimes mistaken for honey bees. Honey bees are somewhat bigger than yellow jackets and have hairs called setae on their bodies, which yellow jackets lack.
Yellow jackets, which feed on caterpillars and hazardous insects, are advantageous in home gardens and commercially cultivated fruits and vegetables at particular periods. Carbonated beverages, liquids, candies, different meats, pastries, fruit, veggies, and ice cream all appeal to them. Large groups of these obnoxious insects may completely derail a picnic and cause a nuisance around houses and restaurants.
Yellow jackets want to be around people. They prefer to make their nests underground, among the rubbish, especially in cold, dark areas. Yellow jackets, unfortunately, aren't happy to just assist in the growth of our plants. They also make nests in trees, bushes, and wall holes.
Yellow jackets are considered the most aggressive of all the wasps. They will sting with fury if they feel threatened or if you go too close to their nest. The eating habits of yellow jackets become a concern when populations peak in late summer and early fall. They have an appetite for many of the same foods and beverages that humans do at this time of year. If the person is allergic to the yellow jacket’s venom, yellow jacket bites can be fatal.
Like other pests, yellow jackets are drawn to food sources. Lessen the food sources that these stinging insects are drawn to in order to reduce the likelihood of their making nests on your property. These stinging insects may find a feast in open rubbish. Make sure the lids on all of your outdoor garbage cans are secure. This will keep yellow jackets and a variety of other pests at bay.