Now is the time of year that Yellowjackets are most aggressive. Taking precautions at this time can help you avoid being stung.
- Look before you sip your drink. Yellowjackets are attracted to sweet foods and drinks like soda and juices.
- Cover trash containers and keep them away from eating areas. Yellowjackets forage in garbage for food scraps and drink containers.
- Use a Yellowjacket Repellent GoClip® whenever you go outside, and especially when eating or drinking outdoors.
- Wear heavy clothing when walking in wooded areas. Yellowjackets can sting through lightweight fabrics.
- Use our Yellowjacket Trap at least 20 feet away from your outdoor activity areas.
- Try to remain calm in the presence of yellowjackets. Move slowly and deliberately and gently brush the yellowjacket away if it lands on you.
- Call a professional pest control operator to remove a yellowjacket nest. This is a dangerous task for an amateur.
- Swat at yellowjackets. They are more likely to attack and sting when aggravated.
- Smash a yellowjacket. When crushed, they give off an alarm pheromone that can cause others in the area to attack.
- Wear perfume, scented hairspray or lotion, or brightly colored clothes if you are going outdoors. Yellowjackets are attracted to these things.
- Let children play in overgrown or wooded areas. These are prime nesting sites for yellowjackets.
- Use gasoline to eliminate yellowjackets. Gasoline should never be poured into underground nest holes.