You have probably heard the term “yellow jacket” but you might not know how they are different from other wasps. Unlike other wasps that build nests in trees or under eaves of roofs, yellow jackets build their nests underground. This can cause some issues that you wouldn’t have with other wasps.
First, it might not be easy to know that you have a wasp problem since you can’t see the nest easily. Second, the nests being underground present a danger for you, your kids, or pets. You could be the focus of the wrath of a swarm of yellow jackets if you unknowingly “threaten” their nest (examples of this would be doing something as simple as mowing the lawn or a dog digging a hole in some dirt located too close to the nest).
So, how do you go about yellow jacket nest removal? It is not your typical wasp nest that can be removed by spraying and knocking the nest down with a long stick. Some best practices when it comes to yellow jacket nest removal include:
- Go on a reconnaissance mission during the day. Scour your property until you are able to locate the nest. Watch for a patch of ground that has a lot of wasp activity around it—there is your nest. Spend a few minutes observing so you are able to determine all entrances or exits to the nest.
- Evening (after dark) is the best time for yellow jacket nest removal. This is because all of the yellow jackets should be inside the nest, inactive. Another great reason for waiting till dark is that yellow jackets do not have the best sight so this will help to prevent being stung.
- Not sure what to treat the nest with? Nervous about getting attacked by a nest full of angry yellow jackets? Call a professional to help you with your yellow jacket nest removal.