7 Ways to Prevent Yellowjackets

Man trimming shrub. United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA and Everett WA offers 7 tips to help prevent yellowjackets.

Man trimming shrub. United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA and Everett WA offers 7 tips to help prevent yellowjackets.

The arrival of summer means grilling, hiking, and vacations, but it’s also peak season for yellowjackets. To help prevent painful stings and swarms while you enjoy your outdoor areas, follow these tips from United Pest Solutions.

1. Trim Trees

If you have trees that are touching your home, you may want to prune them. This is a great way to help prevent many pests from easily invading your home, from rodents to yellowjackets.

2. Remove Standing Water

Yellowjackets need water to stay hydrated, so your birdbath or clogged gutters may be attracting these stinging insects to your home. Consider removing these sources of standing water to help deter yellowjackets.

3. Make Repairs

Yellowjackets will take advantage of small holes in your home to build nests. Inspect your soffits on a regular basis and make sure to seal up any holes that would allow the yellow jacket access to a wall void. Check your windows for gaps as well, so these stinging insects don’t fly into your home. If necessary, consider touch-up painting. Yellowjackets love bare wood, so any flaking or peeling paint areas will be prime candidates for nesting or obtaining nesting materials.

4. Clean-Up Food Waste

Yellowjackets love soda, juice, and other sweets, especially in late summer. They’re also meat-eaters which is why you often see yellowjackets swarm your BBQs and picnics. Clean up crumbs, keep your garbage bins tightly closed, as far away from people as possible, and cover your drinks to help keep yellowjackets away.

5. Avoid Perfume

If you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, consider skipping scented bath products as yellowjackets are attracted to sweet-smelling scents.

6. Landscape Wisely

Yellowjackets are attracted to certain plants, especially blossoming flowers. Keep these stinging insects away from your property by avoiding plants they love such as cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, and clover.

7. Work With a Pest Professional

More than 500,000 people are sent to the emergency room every year because of stinging insects. So if you’re dealing with yellowjackets or other wasps on your property, don’t attempt to remove the nest on your own. Turn to a pest professional such as United Pest Solutions. We provide yellowjacket removal services in the greater Seattle WA area. We’ll quickly and safely remove your yellowjacket nest so you can return to enjoying your outdoor activities.

10 Tips to Keep Your Backyard BBQ Pest Free

Charcoal grill outside of home. United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA offers tips to keep your BBQ pest-free.

United Pest Solutions provides expert advice on keeping your BBQ pest free in Seattle WA

[2021 Update]

It’s officially summer and one of the highlights during these warm months are backyard BBQs. To ensure your BBQ isn’t ruined by ants, flies, or wasps, follow these helpful tips from United Pest Solutions.

Make Necessary Repairs

Inspect your home, looking for any signs of cracks or holes in window screens or doors. This will keep summer pests outside. Also, remind guests to close doors tightly behind them when entering and exiting your home.

Carry Mosquito Repellent

Mosquitoes are most active at night. If your BBQ is in the evening, have an EPA-approved repellent with DEET or picaridin on hand to ward off mosquitoes.

Remove Standing Water

Remove or drain any sources of stagnant water in your yard including bird baths, garden ponds, and wading pools. Mosquitoes and wasps are especially attracted to standing water. In fact, mosquitoes only need about a bottle cap full of water to breed.

Avoid Perfumes

Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances that can come from perfumes, hair products, candles and food so consider skipping scented bath products if you know you’ll be spending a lot of time outside.

Keep Food Covered

Keep food and drinks covered or keep them in sealed coolers to help deter ants, flies, and wasps.

Clean Up Spills

Pick up trash and crumbs immediately and wipe up any spills. Ants and flies are especially attracted to leftover food.

Serve Indoors and Eat Outdoors

Serving food and drinks indoors and using the outdoor space for eating and entertaining keeps the majority of food inside, therefore keeping pests away.

Pest Removal Solutions

We hope these tips help but if these measures still don’t work, you can count on your local pest professionals at United Pest Solutions. We’ve been providing high-quality pest control services in the greater Seattle WA area since 1960. To schedule a personalized quote, contact us today!

What’s the Difference Between Wasps and Yellowjackets?

Wasp up close. United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA explains the differences between wasps and yellowjackets.

Most people can differentiate between a wasp and a bee but can you tell the difference between a yellowjacket and another wasp? Before contacting your local pest control company to remove these insects, continue reading to learn how to identify them.

What Are Wasps?

Wasps are a group of insects in the Hymenoptera order that aren’t ants, bees, or sawflies. They have smooth bodies and no hair.

Types of Wasps

There are over 30,000 wasp species in the world, but only a few you may encounter here in the Pacific Northwest. Those include yellowjackets, bald-faced hornets, paper wasps, and mud daubers.

We’ll further explain each wasp species and its habits below.


Yellowjackets are the smallest of social wasps. They are typically black with yellow stripes and feed on other insects and even human food. In fact, they’re diet changes with the season. In spring, they are attracted to protein whereas in late summer, they’re attracted to sweets. They generally build their nests in eaves, in holes, in trees, and underground. They are especially aggressive in late summer and early fall when food becomes scarce.
Bald-Faced Hornet

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are black with white faces and are around ¾” in length. They will build nests in shrubs, trees, and sometimes buildings. Bald-faced hornets typically feed on nectar and fruit juices and are very aggressive. They will not hesitate to sting anything that comes near them. People who’ve been stung by bald-faced hornets have described their allergic reactions similar to that of other hornet stings.

Paper WaspPaper Wasps

At a glance paper wasps appear black, but they’re mostly brown with large red or yellow patches. They have two body sections and are the most docile of the three main social wasp species. They are generally beneficial, helping control fruit-destroying insects. And they tend to only become aggressive when their nest becomes provoked.
Mud Dauber

Mud Daubers

Mud daubers are generally black and yellow with two body sections and long, string-like waists. They’re non-aggressive and solitary. They don’t live in colonies. Like paper wasps, mud daubers are also considered beneficial insects in that they pollinate flowers and prey on other pests.

Experts in Wasp Control

We hope you have a better understanding of wasps. If you have wasps on your property, contact your local pest control company like United Pest Solutions for expert advice. We serve the greater Seattle metropolitan area.