Yellowjackets

Vespula spp.
Pest Stats
Color: Abdomen usually black and yellow pattered similar to bands
Legs: Six
Shape: Wasp-like
Size: Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long
Antennae: Yes
Region: 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.



Habits

Yellowjackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. They are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. Yellowjackets feed on sweets and proteins, and therefore commonly invade outdoor events.



Habitat

Yellowjackets can be found anywhere humans are found. They build paper carton nests out of chewed up cellulose, which are usually found in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and attics.



Threats

Yellowjacket stings pose significant health threats to humans, as they are territorial and will sting if threatened. They are known to sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions. Yellowjackets and other stinging insects send over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.