What Makes Yellow Jackets Aggressive in the Fall?
Everyone knows that bees and wasps are a normal part of daily life, and that they play an important role in our environment. But yellow jackets can become dangerous in the fall months when they get more aggressive in their hunt for food and shelter. During the fall, the populations of these stinging insects are at their highest, which can force some of them away from their overcrowded nests. This is what drives yellow jackets to invade residential areas—especially outdoor barbecues and picnics—this time of year. Read on to learn some of The Hitmen’s tips on how to keep you and your family safe from these stinging insects during the fall.
When Do Yellow Jackets Get Aggressive?
In the spring and summer, yellow jackets and other wasps happily feed on the abundant flowers made available to them. Their populations grow, and nests are no longer able to support the amount of members inside. In their desperate search for food and resources as summer winds down, yellow jackets get infamously cranky and will sting without provocation. Even worse, they will sting more than once, which can be painful and very dangerous for anyone who is allergic. Anaphylactic shock from wasp stings kills as many as 50 people across the nation each year, which is why it’s so important to protect yourself from these insects.
How to Prevent Wasps in the Fall
To avoid the dangers that come with yellow jackets invading your outdoor event this fall, it’s crucial to know how to keep them away from your property:
- Never leave uncovered food sitting outside
- Seal trash cans with a tight-fitting lid
- Avoid wearing perfumes and bright colors
- Inspect your home and seal any cracks or crevices you may find
- Don’t walk barefoot through grassy areas
- Eliminate sources of standing water, including hummingbird feeders and fountains
- Cover swimming pools
Environmentally-Friendly Yellow Jacket Control
Dealing with swarming yellow jackets can be overwhelming and downright dangerous, especially when they’re so aggressive in the fall. Because these stinging insects can be a bit unpredictable at this time of year, it’s important to call for professional help—even more so when you notice any nests on your North or East Bay Area property. The experts at The Hitmen know how to control yellow jackets in a way that is safe for you, your family, and the environment.