Being stung by a bee or yellow jacket is never an enjoyable occurrence. Yellow jackets, which are somewhat smaller than other bees, are very aggressive and are more likely to sting. Additionally, unlike honeybees, yellow jackets can sting a person more than once. These creatures are attracted to foods, so the best way to prevent them from coming near your home is to make the area unattractive to the insects. Here are steps you can take to get rid of yellow jackets.
Clean up Food and Drink
Make sure that there are no spilled drinks or food items near your home or near the area in which you are eating. Yellow jackets are attracted to many foods that we eat, particularly items such as fruit drinks and sodas along with grilled meats. These are all highly attractive and can be smelled by the insects from several yards away.
Cover All Food and Drink
When drinking a beverage in an area that is frequented by yellow jackets, use an open cup rather than a can. The insects can easily fly into the small drinking hole on the top of the can to enjoy the sugary drink making it difficult for you to see the bee’s intrusion. If you are serving food, make sure that the food remains covered.
Yellow Jackets Love Trash Receptacles
You should stay as far away from trash bins as possible as they are popular feeding areas for yellow jackets. Keep the trash can covered, empty trash frequently, and dispose of any spilled food items in the vicinity.
Avoid Wearing Attractive Scents
Yellow jackets are attracted to smells from colognes, perfumes, shaving creams and lotions, as well as scented deodorants.
Look For Nests
If you find a nest around your home, make sure to call a pest control professional instead of handling the situation yourself. Yellow jackets are quite dangerous in swarms and should be avoided.
Garden centers, hardware stores, and catalogs often sell non-toxic yellow jacket traps. These traps typically contain sugar water or another liquid that attracts the insects and causes them to drown in the fluid.
University of Washington – Yellow Jacket, Retrieved November 23, 2010 from http://depts.washington.edu/natmap/facts/yellow_jacket_712.html
Fox News – “Woman, 81, Stung 1,000 Times by Wasps”, November 5, 2010, Retrieved November 23, 2010 from http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/11/03/woman-stung-times-wasps/