||Abdomen usually black and yellow pattered similar to bands
||Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch
||Found throughout U.S.
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There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects
typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.
Many say, the pattern resembles stripes. Signature to species, the
abdomen pattern can help an entomologist or pest professional
identify specific types of yellowjackets.
Yellowjackets nest in the ground or in cavernous areas such as
eaves, attics, etc.... They feed on sweets and proteins and
commonly invade outdoor activities.
Yellowjackets can be found anyplace humans can be found. Check
near recycling bins or other areas where sugars are common but keep
in mind these pests also feed on protein. Yellowjackets become more
aggressive in autumn when the colony begins to die out except for
Yellowjacket stings pose significant health threats to humans.
Yellowjackets may sting repeatedly and can cause allergic
reactions. Stinging insects send over 500,000 people to the
emergency room each year.