Eastern Yellowjackets

Eastern yellowjackets are a social, stinging insects that live in nests constructed of layers of combs made of wood fibers chewed intoEuropean_wasp_white_bg a paper-like pulp. Preferred nesting sites include soil cavities, attics, eaves, porches, or sheds. Workers are about 1/2” long with distinct alternating black and yellow bands on their abdomen. They may initially appear to be bees, but lack the hairy appearance of bees and also do not forage to flowers for nectar like bees. Eastern yellowjackets typically scavenge for sweets and protein-rich foods in and around garbage cans and picnic areas, especially in the fall when populations peak. They have small barbs at the end of their stinger which enables them to deliver multiple stings.