All in one season, 6 months in the life of a Yellow Jacket
Did you know that all of those thousands of yellow jackets flying around in your back yard at the end of summer began with a single queen in the spring? Yes that’s right. Each spring a fertile queen who has endured the winter begins building her first nest as the weather warms. She will lay eggs in that nest and then go out in search of food for those embryos. She will find and sting spiders, caterpillars and other such bugs to take back to the nest and place them next to the eggs and seals the chamber. The young larvae hatch, feed on the insect or arachnid left by the queen, mature, pupate and eventually emerge as an adult wasp. The new wasps in turn become the hunter gatherers and the queen becomes an egg laying machine. By the end of summer that one individual queen can turn out a colony of up to 25,000 individuals. So you can see by reducing the number of yellow jackets in the spring you can greatly impact the number in the fall. Most all other wasps and bees follow this same pattern. Using yellow jacket traps will help capture theses flying stinging machines, or using professional services like those offered by Woods Pest Control, can help you reduce the risk of unhappy encounters with these perimeter invaders. You can contact a Woods Pest Control professional technician at (530)229-0458 or at woodspestcontrol.com.