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alternatives to pesticides - bugs/pests - yellow jacket wasps


Actual size: 1/2” – 3/4”

Yellow jacket wasps are important predators of pest insects.  Yellow jackets produce a paper nest but the site of the nest is concealed, in an abandoned rodent nest below ground, behind an exterior wall, in hollows of children’s playground equipment, etc.

Control Food Source - Yellow jackets have diverse tastes. Although they feed on some insects, they readily scavenge sweets and protein-rich foods; cover garbage cans and outdoor foods, especially fruit and other sweets. Make sure there is no trash, soda cans, or standing water nearby. Keep pet foods, water dishes, and other sources of refined proteins indoors to prevent wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets from finding them.
Seal - Make sure buildings are properly sealed to prevent nest building.
Trap - If they become a nuisance, use traps specifically designed to capture yellow jackets. Consult a knowledgeable nursery person for advice on which one to use. Place traps away from high-use areas. If you are trying to trap them in the spring and early summer, use things that are high in protein like wet pet food, tuna, or lunch meat. If you are trying to trap them in late summer and fall, use high sugary stuff like soda, beer, or fruit juice.



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