Swelling, Pain, Itch & Other Symptoms of a Yellow Jacket Stings; How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets in Edwards, CO

The United States is home to several species of yellow jackets with the Western yellow jacket being the most common type found in Northern temperate climates. Yellow jackets are wasps that get their name from the way they look. They have yellow and black bodies and measure ½ an inch to ¾ of an inch in length. Yellow jackets are often mistaken for bees and can be distinguished by their thin “waists” versus the thicker “waists” of bees. Yellow jackets prey on other insects and arthropods and forage on food that we eat, preferring sweets and meats. Colonies of yellow jackets will stay active for one summer only. After the summer is over, the queen will leave and start new colonies. The ones left behind will die when the season is over and the nest will not be reused. Yellow jackets are beneficial insects because they eat other insects but they are pests because of their aggressive nature and the painful stings they give. All wasps will defend their nests, but yellow jackets and hornets will do it very aggressively and can sting more than once.

Swelling, Pain, Itch & Other Symptoms of a Yellow Jacket Stings

Each yellow jacket can sting more than once because they have a lance like stinger with smaller barbs than a bee. If you think you’ve been stung by a yellow jacket, the most important thing to remember is to act quickly and always get medical help if you suspect an allergic reaction to the sting. You’ll need to treat the symptoms that come with the sting. This treatment is much like treating a bee sting and the most common symptoms being pain, itching and swelling at the site of the sting. These symptoms usually only last for about 24-72 hours. Clean the area with soap and water and apply peroxide or alcohol. Ice and a pain reliever will help with the pain and inflammation. Yellow jackets usually won’t leave the stinger behind, but if they do, use something with a straight-edge, like a butter knife or a credit card to scrape the stinger away. Don’t squeeze it as this will release more of the venom into your system and make things worse. Signs of a reaction include difficulty swallowing, confusion, weakness, slurred speech, difficulty breathing, a swelling tongue, chest tightness and fainting. Call 911 right away if these symptoms present themselves.

Yellow Jacket Nest Inspection

Yellow jackets tend to build their nests below ground but can be built in hidden areas that are above ground and protected. It’s a good idea to inspect your yard before starting any work to make sure they aren’t any nests present to avoid a problem. You should only try and control them if they pose a threat to your family and/or pets. Contact pest control specialists to have an inspection performed if you think you have yellow jackets. Correct identification will need to be made before starting any treatment plan. When the nest is found, the professionals will be able to determine which control products and methods will be most effective. These control products usually consist of aerosol products and insecticide dusts. The ones used will depend on whether the nest is above ground or below.

Stinging Insect Control

The sooner you start treatment, the quicker you can have your problem with yellow jackets or other stinging insects taken care of. Call RAM Pest Control at the first sign of these stinging insects!