This page will touch on yellow jackets, yellow jacket control, and yellow jacket removal.
For dedicated 'do it yourselfers' - we have included safety notes. We wear safety gear when getting rid of yellow jackets and use non-repellent control materials whenever possible, to keep ourselves and others from getting stung. A large percentage of our calls every year are from customers who got stung repeatedly while trying to get rid of yellow jackets themselves.
Non-repellent control materials to get rid of wasps are not licensed for homeowners and cannot be purchased at your local hardware store, but are essential for safe yellow jacket removal.
Yellow Jackets are small, compact wasps that are commonly mistaken for bees. 99% of our calls to get rid of bees are actually calls for us to get rid of Yellow Jackets.
Yellow Jackets nest in the following areas: In walls, in attics, in sub area crawlspaces, in the ground, in trees, and under eaves.
Photo is enlarged, about half again the size of your typical Yellow Jacket.
Caution: all over the counter sprays for yellow jacket control are highly repellent - that is they make the wasps very agitated. This increases your chances of being stung. If you perform wasp control - only do so at night and do not shine a light on the nest - they will follow back on the light beam and attack you.
Also note that all cans of 'wasp freeze' or 'wasp jet', etc... contain petroleum distillates - which means that they will permanently stain siding and other surfaces, they will kill plants, and they will absorb immediately into your exposed skin, or heaven forbid, your eyes. Always wear full face and eye protection.
We exterminate yellow jackets using with no odor, no fume, non-repellent water based sprays that don't stain and don't agitate the wasps. We recommend leaving the nests up for a few days to kill any foraging wasps that were not present when the nest was sprayed. Yellow jacket nest removal can confuse and agitate returning wasps and they will live for days with nothing but stinging you on their minds. If you would like us to return later and remove yellow jacket nests - we would be happy to schedule a follow up.
Yellow Jacket nest under eave - notice the complete paper enclosure.
Bald Faced Hornets are actually a type of Yellow Jacket. They nest under the leaves of trees and shrubs. They are really common in rhododendrons. They are bigger and more aggressive than common Yellow Jackets They are famous for attacking gardeners and landscapers.
They are especially sensitive to vibration as their biggest local predators are raccoons, who tear apart the nests at night and dine on the larvae - Northwest sushi at it's finest.
Some species of Yellow Jackets prefer to nest in places that are more protected from their predators. These species will nest in your roof, in your walls, or in the ground.
We get a large number of yellow jacket control requests every year from people who saw activity, couldn't see the nest, and treated the area where the wasps went in and out to try and get rid of yellow jackets - only to have the yellow jackets chew their way in through the sheet rock or make new entry ways to their nests. Having an entire nest of Yellow Jackets burst into your home through a new hole in your sheet rock is enough to get anyone's attention - especially since they consider anything in the home as a threat and will sting anyone they encounter.
For yellow jacket control on hidden nests or inaccessible nests - We treat the entry / exit areas with non-repellent wasp control materials that the yellow jackets can't sense. As they go in and out they transfer the material back into their nest exterminating wasps inside, killing off the other workers, drones, larvae, and queen.
We do not recommend that homeowners try to get rid of yellow jackets when they cannot see the actual nest.
We offer a quarterly control service where we spray eaves, overhangs, vents, and other areas to cut down on spiders - the yellow jackets favorite food. This helps to prevent wasps and spiders, and together with a repellent spray, helps maintain wasp control.
We would be happy to treat your entire home for yellow jacket and wasp control and prevention, in addition to eliminating any live wasp nests you have now. We have lots of satisfied customers on spider and wasp control programs.
Also, you should check out our info on getting rid of bees