Yellow Jacket Nest Removal
A summertime nightmare, yellow jackets are a type of wasp often mistaken for honey bees. The yellow jacket is much more aggressive than the honey bee and can sting victims multiple times. While they are pollinators, yellow jackets are also known to feed off of sugar and meat scraps, making them a summertime pest. They are often spotted near picnics or outdoor grills. Their nests can be both underground and above ground. If you have an infestation in your home, you may spot a yellow jacket nest high up in a corner of your home on the exterior structure. If you suspect a yellow jacket infestation, do not attempt to remove the nest yourself. The sting of yellow jackets may lead to a life-threatening reaction. It is best to call your local exterminator.
The Dangers of Yellow Jackets
While a honey bee sting is usually mild, yellow jackets have the ability to sting various times. Yellow jackets are aggressive defenders and if they feel threatened, they will actively attack with their stinger. When stung, there are three possible reactions:
- Localized - The most common reaction to a yellow jacket sting is pain, swelling, and redness at the site of the sting. More painful than a bee sting, the sting of a yellow jacket usually takes a few days to heal. If multiple stings occur, the risk of allergic reaction is higher.
- Infection - Itching is a common side effect of stings. If the area is repeatedly scratched and not kept clean and dry, a bacterial infection is likely to occur. It is best to avoid scratching and clean the area with soap and warm water regularly.
- Anaphylactic - While rare, it is possible for extreme allergic reactions to occur. This is more likely in the young, elderly, or those who have been stung multiple times before in their lives. Warning signs of a serious allergic reaction include hives, redness, difficulty breathing, and swelling. Call 911 at first signs of anaphylactic shock.
Bites should fade away within a few days. However, if the bite is accompanied by wheezing, fever, vomiting, or flu-like symptoms, report to a hospital. Virus and parasite related issues may appear a few days after bites, so be vigilant.
Protect Your Family and Home With Saela
Don't expose yourself or your loved ones to the dangers of these pests. If you notice a yellow jacket infestation, call Saela right away. As your trusted exterminator, our first concern is your safety. Our QualityPro Accredited exterminators are experienced in safely removing harmful pests. Call us today to receive a yellow jacket extermination service within 24 - 48 hours.