Yellow Jacket Control and Extermination

Using the best eco-friendly methods, Aptive Environmental controls yellow jackets in and around homes.

Seeking help from a certified pest expert is the best way to ensure your entire home is free from yellow jacket.
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Preventing Infestations

Our certified pest experts conduct a thorough investigation of your home or business and customize a solution specifically for your property. The Four Seasons Protection Plan guarantees that you’ll be secure from yellow jackets and other pests throughout the year. You’ll receive the best customer service and convenient, effective treatments to remove and prevent yellow jacket infestations with Aptive.

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Identifying Yellow Jackets

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  • Where Do Yellow Jackets Live?
  • Yellow Jacket Behavior
  • Symptoms Of A Yellow Jacket Sting
  • What Attracts Yellow Jackets To Houses?
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    Where Do Yellow Jackets Live?

    Yellow jackets can build nests in a variety of environments. They can be found in rural, suburban, and urban areas but prefer to live in areas with a wooded edge. Yellow jackets like to live in meadows and grasslands as well.

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    Yellow Jacket Behavior

    Yellow jackets are active during the summer. They feed on a variety of insects and human food as well. Yellow jackets are attracted to meat and sweets.

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    How To Identify A Yellow Jacket Sting

    They can be very aggressive when disturbed, particularly with female yellow jackets. They can sting multiple times & their venom is very painful. While their stings hurt, they are typically not fatal. Most people will recover from a sting without issues.

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    How To Get Rid Of Yellow Jackets

    Dealing with yellow jackets can be difficult and their aggressive behavior doesn’t ease the extermination process. The best way to control yellow jackets is to make sure any food, whether that be freshly prepared or garbage, is covered.

  • Yellow jackets can build nests in a variety of environments. They can be found in rural, suburban, and urban areas but prefer to live in areas with a wooded edge. Yellow jackets like to live in meadows and grasslands as well.

    Eastern and southern yellow jackets build nests underground in leaf litter, beds of pine straw, or in old logs. These nests are typically well hidden. Other yellow jackets such as the German yellow jacket will build aerial nests. While they prefer to build aerial nests in natural structures, it is not uncommon to find nests in man-made structures as well.

    Yellow jackets make their nests out of pulp from wood fibers, plant stems, and paper. To make pulp, yellow jackets chew up these materials. When the materials mix with their saliva, they are able to make pulp. Typically in late spring, queen yellow jackets will start building nests using the pulp they can produce. Once the nest is formed, she will lay her first eggs that will grow to be workers. This process will continue until the queens and colonies die off in the fall.

  • Yellow jackets are active during the summer. They feed on a variety of insects and human food as well. Yellow jackets are attracted to meat and sweets. If you have ever prepared or eaten food outside during the warm months of summer, you have probably dealt with yellow jackets buzzing around your meal.

    Aggressive by nature, you should always exercise caution when mowing the lawn or using trimmers. If you stumble upon a yellow jacket nest or swarming yellow jackets, it is best to leave the area of the nest site as quickly as possible so you do not get stung.

  • Symptoms of a yellow jacket sting include pain, swelling and tenderness at the site of the sting as well as warmth around the sting site. Unless you are allergic, you can treat a yellow jacket sting on your own at home. If you get stung by a yellow jacket, you should wash the site with soap and water. You can also apply a paste made out of baking soda and water to counteract the venom. To decrease swelling and ease pain, you can apply an ice pack to the sting site and take an antihistamine.

    The severity of the reaction varies from person to person with the most serious being anaphylaxis. Anaphylactic shock requires immediate medical treatment. If you have a history of wasp allergies or experience any symptoms such as swelling of the face and throat, dizziness, hives in areas of the body not affected by the sting, or difficulty breathing, you should call 911.

  • The main attraction for yellow jackets is food. If you are having a barbecue or some other type of party that involves food outside, yellow jackets can be uninvited guests. Yellow jackets are attracted to the smell of sweets and meats. In order to combat this, you should keep food covered up when it is not being eaten and dispose of trash in a garbage can with a tight, secure lid. Furthermore, swatting at yellow jackets will only make them more likely to sting. If one lands on you or your food, remain calm and don’t make any sudden movements.

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12 Month Plan - 5 Service Appointments

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  • Property Inspection
  • Pest Free Year-Round
  • Four Seasons Protection Plan
  • A Pest Free Home, Guaranteed
After our first visit, Aptive will return the following month to rid the exterior of any surviving pests and continue to treat your home on a quarterly basis. To ensure exterior treatments are convenient, customers do not need to be home while we work.
Service begins with a thorough inspection of your property by a certified pest specialist. Risk areas are identified and treated using a customized quarterly protection plan that keeps your property pest free year-round.
Aptive’s Four Seasons Protection Plan provides an environmentally responsible solution that keeps your indoor environment pest-free through quarterly applications once a season. Using the most progressive protection plan in the industry, our comprehensive extermination services and quality guarantee have made us the fastest-growing pest control service in North America.
Aptive Environmental knows that for most homeowners, it’s not if the pests will return, but when. When the pests come back, we do too— absolutely free!
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Regain Your Home

Once you see a few yellow jackets, you should call an Aptive professional rather than looking for the nest, or nests, yourself. Aptive’s dedicated team use the best, eco-friendly methods to effectively remove yellow jackets and ensure that your home is protected for the future.

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Aptive professionals make effective, eco-friendly pest control convenient for you.

Our treatments, customized to your home or business, protect you from yellow jackets and other pests throughout the year.