Actual Size: 1/2″

Characteristics: Bright yellow color with black stripes on their long, thin bodies.


  • Yellow jackets are moderately aggressive.
  • Their nests are not exposed and typically found in the ground or in a tree.
  • High populations of yellow jackets are common in summer.
  • They will seek out fruit and sugar during the summer months; yellow jackets are also attracted to bright colors and perfume.

Yellowjacket Overview

Often mistaken for bees due to their yellow-and-black coloring, yellowjackets are actually wasps. At about 1 1/2 inches long, they triple the average honey bee in length. Although the end of the warm-weather months means larvae production stops and males die off after mating, the yellowjacket is at its most active during the late summer and fall months.

Yellowjacket Fall Frenzy

Like us, wasps get cranky when they’re hungry. They become more aggressive, stinging with even the slightest provocation. In their desperate search for food, they explore every possibility — including the folds of human skin. The yellow jacket will sting, often multiple times, when a victim bends a limb and squeezes the insect at the crook of an elbow or behind a knee. The wasp’s sting is very painful, not to mention dangerous to those with sensitivities. An anaphylactic shock from bee and wasp stings kills as many as 50 people in the U.S. annually.

Yellowjacket Nests

Yellowjacket nests are at their largest at summer’s end and can also be found in trees, shrubs, or underground. Indoor nests, which are especially tricky to remove, allow these wasps to remain active through the end of the year. And while yellow jackets don’t reuse their nests, instead of building new ones in the spring, it’s important to get rid of them. Old, abandoned yellow jacket nests attract other kinds of pests.

What You Can Do About Bees

In most cases, it’s best to avoid bees and wasps entirely, as they are normally not a danger to humans. However, when their nests are in close proximity to us, they are more likely to perceive a threat and defend their nest at all costs. Additionally, in the late summer months, some bees and wasps become more aggressive in seeking out food like sugar and fruit, which can bring them into contact with you and your family. If you decide to use pesticide or chemical sprays, keep in mind they can be extremely poisonous and should never be used indoors or near other people.

The Springer Professional Home Services Solution

Although most insects are environmentally beneficial, it can be difficult to coexist peacefully when they invade your personal space. Bees and wasps can be dangerous to people and often destructive to homes and other structures.

Springer Professional Home Services will safely and carefully eliminate bees or wasps and their nests from your home or property. Exposed nests may be removed on the day of service depending on the activity and size of the nest. In other cases, we’ll come back on a day when it is safer to remove the nests. In addition, we will create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestation.