Vespula spp.

Color: Abdomen usually black and yellow patterned similar to bands
Shape Wasp-like
Size 3/8 – 5/8 inch long
Region Found throughout the U.S.


There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. Many say that the pattern resembles stripes. The abdomen pattern can help an entomologist or pest professional identify specific types of yellowjackets.


Yellowjackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies. They usually nest in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and attics. Yellowjackets can be found anywhere humans can be found. They feed on sweets and proteins and are commonly attracted to trash and recycling bins. Yellowjackets are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak.


Yellowjackets’ stings pose significant health threats to humans. They are territorial and will sting if their nest is threatened. Yellowjackets may sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions.

Quick Contact


The Best Pest Control Company


Chris has the best pest control company in the area. He is extremely knowledgeable about the industry and runs a very organized business. I call him for all of my pest needs. Phone calls are always returned quickly. He is accommodating with scheduling and always arrives on time to do a thorough job. On The Spot will be my pest company for life. 🙂

Read More