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Yellow Jackets are one of the smallest Bees but also the most aggressive and very dangerous.
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This page will answer the questions: What are Yellow Jackets? - What do Yellow Jackets Look Like? – Do Yellow Jackets Sting? - What are the signs of me having Yellow Jackets?  – How did I get Yellow Jackets? – How can I Rid my house of Yellow Jackets? – Yellow Jacket Control Tips for your home.

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Rhode Island Yellow Jacket Exterminator Service

Since Cobra Pest Control is a local one man operation and Rob Sullivan with over 28 years of “Yellow Jacket Extermination Experience” who does all the work himself, “Yellow Jacket Control” is done right the first time at a much better price and “Yellow Jacket Guarantee”. Cobra Pest Control has no managers, technicians or secretaries to pay or other expenses that the bigger companies pay. This cost saving is passed on to the customer.

Cobra Pest Control offers “Yellow Jacket Elimination” for much less than any other  “Yellow Jacket Control Company” and gives a “One Year Yellow Jacket Guarantee”. Rob will not try to sell you a long time service contract that you do not need.


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and to spray inside for fleas. He called me within two minutes of submitting my request to ServiceMagic and was very friendly and professional. Rob showed up on time for the work and sprayed the yellow jacket nest area twice and removed & disposed of the nest itself. He also sprayed our detached garage for fleas at my request (even after he had already put away his equipment). Our home is guaranteed for a year, and he will come back out if we have any more problems during that time for free.

Highly recommended!”
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"Always a good experience with Cobra Pest Control.

Rob is personable, genuinely cares about the customer, offers a very reasonable price, does a great job and guarantees his work.

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Yellow Jacket Information
Biology and Behavior

What is a Yellow Jacket?

Yellow Jackets are often considered the most dangerous Stinging Insects in the United States. Yellowjackets have a lance-like stinger without barbs and can sting repeatedly whereas Honey Bees have a Barbed Stinger and sting only once. Mouthparts are well-developed for capturing and chewing insects with a tongue for sucking nectar, fruit and other juices. Yellow Jacket Nests are built in trees, shrubs or in protected places such as inside human-made structures (attics, hollow walls or flooring, in sheds, under porches and eaves of houses), or in soil cavities, mouse burrows, etc. Nests are made from wood fiber chewed into a paper-like pulp. Yellow Jackets are hunters of other insects and will also scavenge for other sources of nutrition, especially sweets, fruits, ice cream, beer and soft drinks. The persistent foraging of Yellow Jackets at Picnics and other outdoor activities produces many calls from homeowners and businesses.

What do Yellow Jackets look like?

A typical Yellow Jacket Worker is about 1/2-inch long, short and blocky, with alternating black and yellow bands on the abdomen. Workers are sometimes confused with honey bees, especially when flying in and out of their nests.

Do Yellow Jackets Sting?

Yellow Jackets can and will sting repeatably. This is a small yet very Aggressive Bee and should be handled by a Bee Professional. Yellow Jackets may be one of the Smallest Bee but they are definably the most aggressive and if they attack they always bring help.

What are the signs of me having Yellow Jackets?

Signs are Bees coming and going constantly from an area and a Grey Paper Wrapped Bulbous Nest. Another signed could be some in a room of the house usually by a window because they are attracted to the light. Also an over abundance of Yellow Jackets crashing your picnic table.

How did I get Yellow Jackets?

At the end of winter any Fertilized Female Wasps that survived will fly away from the Old Wasp Nest and start another one. This nest can be anywhere. Most houses are suitable for a hive. Hives can be in a hole in the ground, under an eave exposed, in a bush or in a wall void.

Yellow Jacket Control Tips for your home

  • How can I rid my house of Yellow Jackets?
  • Don't swat at them. Yellowjackets attack and sting when bothered. They also release a chemical which causes others to join the attack.
  • Sometimes nests are hidden in bushes and other foliage. Caution children about playing in overgrown areas. These are prime nesting areas.
  • When eating outside, look before you drink. Yellowjackets are attracted to sweet, sticky foods and drinks like soft drinks and fruit juices.
  • Cover trash containers so yellow Jackets cannot get in. The pests forage in the garbage for food scraps and drink containers.
  • Yellow Jackets are hive Bees and the nests can get very large.
  • Talk to your Doctor about an Epi-Pen if you suspect you have Bee Allergies.
  • Yellow Jackets can sting more that once because they don’t have a barbed stinger.
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