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Yellow Jackets

Name: Yellow Jackets

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Hymenoptera

Family: Vespidae

Subfamily: Vespinae

Genus: Vespula


In spring, the queen will emerge and begin to build a nest from plant fibers that she chews, making a type of paper. The aerial yellow jacket will build a nest that is exposed (attached to buildings or in trees), whereas the vespula species will build a nest that is concealed, usually underground.


Yellow jackets are scavengers of human food and can be found surrounding trashcans or picnic sites. Yellow jackets also feed on nectar, but they depend primarily upon insects, meat and fish for nourishment.

Method of Travel:



  • Yellow jackets can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential nesting materials.

Steps to control:

  • Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with Knock Down Hornet & Wasp Foam or other Knock Down products listed below.