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How do you get rid of yellow jackets under your siding?

Question: How do you get rid of yellow jackets under your siding?

ANSWER: Yellow jackets are common in many different environments, from the home yard to wooded sites. These insects are predators of flies and caterpillars during the spring and summer. In the fall they often prefer sweets and can be a pest outdoors around soft drinks. They are not easily controlled, especially after they have established a large nest under the siding of the house. These nests may contain hundreds of workers and they have the ability (and an attitude!) to sting many times. Control should proceed with caution.

First, you will have to locate the opening to the nest; you can do this by carefully observing (not too close) the coming and going of wasps in the area. Try to pinpoint the opening; you will have to be able to find it later, in the dark.

Yellow jackets are very aggressive. They will sting repeatedly and will put out an attack pheromone that alerts all their friends to come over and sting you too. This is a dangerous situation, and I would not recommend doing the control by yourself unless you are properly equipped. Call your local Orkin Branch Office. Have a highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist come to your home and assess the situation. Your Pest Specialist will develop a treatment plan, treat the nest and kill these aggressive insects. Call now and set up an appointment for service!

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