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Do Yellow Jackets Bite or Sting?

Yellow jackets sting with a barbless stinger & they also bite with their mandibles!!!, but wait you must know more about this wasp.Yellow jackets are eusocial wasps that have a distinct class system. These omnivorous insects are considered to be very useful to humans as they help in eradicating agricultural pests and dangerous insects by feeding on them. In spite of their usefulness, yellow jackets pose a sting hazard as they are aggressive by nature. They may not pose a threat until they sense a potential threat to their nest. They are capable of inflicting multiple stings and hence for those who are allergic to wasp stings, it can well become a doomsday.


What are Yellow jackets bites?

Yellowjackets in their nestYellow jackets bites are referred as stings as they inject the venom with the help of the stinger. Also they have a smooth stinger that makes them more dangerous than the bees as they are capable of inflicting multiple stings on their victims.  Yellow jackets can aggressively defend their nest and hence it is recommended not to tamper with one if you happen to come across it. Most often than not, since yellow jackets build ground nests, people can accidentally trample over it in the landscape that can instigate ferocious attacks by these species.

Are they less Painful?

Yellow jacket stings can be very very painful. For people who are allergic to wasp stings, it is recommended that they avoid reaching out into the shrubs or disturbing wooden stumps or old logs. Yellow jackets attack together in numbers and hence can consequences can be fatal in cases where the victim is allergic to wasp stings.

It is important to remember that yellow jackets can get disturbed easily. Vibrations and noise are two things that can trigger an immediate attack. Yellow jackets are attracted to sweet smells and strong odors. Ensure that you do not use sweet smelling perfumes if you have a nest in your garden. Likewise, they are attracted to bright colors and hence avoid wearing them if you are allergic to yellow jacket stings.

Read about the Life Cycle and Habits of Yellow Jacket

Lakshmi Priyanka
I am a webmaster with specific interest on Home keeping. Pest control comes as an important aspect of Home Improvement. So, why not share the knowledge? thus came Pestcontrolplus.biz
Lakshmi Priyanka
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  1. Can you tell me why Honeybees die when they sting us?

  2. I read this post, it was nice really. I was working as forest
    officer so, I had a residence inside the forest area that was provided
    by the Government. Since my residence was in forest, yellow jackets used to form nest in the eaves of my house and I'm very well aware of the features of yellow jackets. So, I'd like to share some information about yellow jackets, that might be useful to others.

    yellow jackets are bright yellow and black colored insects, which usually builds nests in the undergound. Some varieties of yellow jackets have their nests in trees, hollow logs, attics, under eaves of houses. During months of
    June or July, yellow jackets prefer to eat protein rich sources like hamburgers. In the period of late summer, they tend to eat sweets like juice and soda. One queen yellow jacket can form a colony with 400 to 5,000 yellow jacket workers. These
    yellow jackets workers search for food within the area of 1000 ft from their nest. It attacks the victim as a group, if they tried to destroy their nest. Yellow jackets stings or bite is very infectious.So, if you find yellow jacekts nest near your residence, don't try to demolish it without the help of pest control professionals.

    • Caby Had indeed given a different perspective about the Yellow Jackets. Hope you have a nice time in a Forest house. The most interesting part is their food habits.

      This is the first place where i came across the fact that they can bite and sting at the same time. For many there is nothing different between a bee and a yellow jacket.I have attached a visual image that will help in beter understanding.

  3. Would like to share this info on yellow jacket sting with you.

    Please understand that they are not our regular Honey Bees. They are extremely territorial. If you are lucky you can walk so close to a honey Bee comb and walk away unharmed, but these little rascals are very angry creatures.

    If they smell you within the vicinity of their are, they take it as a sign of aggression and start attacking you. So, when i saw attack i would normally mean only about the sting. They sting very quickly but they take time to bite. It is worse to note that they have mandibles which can sting us multiple times. IN case of a honey bee you will have a relief as they loose their mandibles after a single sting.

  4. I also remember the days when i was at Black Hills State University (BHSU). Yellow jackets are used as mascots in the University. Even as i type this i visit the University page and find a BHSU Swarm Days Spirit with the image of a Yellow jacket. For us they were a symbol of pride not trouble makers :)

  5. I was amazed at this information given. Till now I thought that yellow jackets were only stinging insects, never knew that they can bite as well! I am allergic to bee stings and was also informed to be away from any stinging insects. I get hives in the sting site and feel itchy for a day or two….

  6. I
    did notice a stinger on me when I was stung by a yellow jacket. I first thought
    it was a bee, but then, when we called the pest control guys, they told us that
    these were yellow jackets and not bees. If they have a smooth stinger, then it
    should not get stuck on the victim right? How do you explain this? Do I need to
    worry about another bee hive in the vicinity?

    • . Yellow jackets are capable of stinging multiple times because the stinger doesn’t usually come off.
      But, that does not mean that it never comes off…. In rare instances when they are very aggressive, the sting can pull out the stinger from their bodies and get stuck to the victim. So, it is possible that it is a yellow jacket going by what you say….. but you can rule out any fears by checking your neighborhood.

    • I
      don’t think there is a possibility of you having a bee hive in the area where
      yellow jackets have already built a nest.
      I have read that yellow jackets
      are territorial creatures and prefer to build nests in areas where there aren’t
      any other colonial insect nests.

    • Remember
      that only bees lose their stinger and not yellow jackets. Don’t investigate too
      much and worry unnecessarily. As a precautionary you can check with the medic
      if you don’t find the reactions subsiding in a day or two.

  7. Thanks for the additional Information

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