We all know that yellow jackets are aggressive and downright mean. They’ll sting you without provocation and live to tell the tale. There are a few different reasons as to why yellow jackets with attitude are so prevalent here in Central Virginia in the Fall.
Yellow jackets are social insects, so they often feel as if their territory is being encroached on. If a yellow jacket believes that you will cause harm to it or its nest (even if you’re just minding your own business), it will attack without a second thought. Unfortunately for people in this position, yellow jackets can bite as well as sting multiple times. Yellow jackets usually bite to get a better grip on you so it can sting you more than once.
Yellow jackets have a strong hive mentality. If one yellow jacket is being attacked, the others will swarm the attacker. Enough stings can indeed be fatal, so it is always important to be safe when encountering a yellow jacket. The best way to escape yellow jackets with attitude is to cover your face and very slowly walk away.
Time of Year
Interestingly, yellow jackets get even more aggressive during the months of fall. A yellow jacket’s main job is to bring back food for its colony. During the fall, there aren’t any more larvae to feed back at the nest. Adult yellow jackets then begin finding food for themselves. This can make adult yellow jackets more frantic and aggressive. Luckily, male yellow jackets die off in late fall as the weather starts to cool off. However, the females are the ones you now need to worry about. Even though female yellow jackets hibernate during the winter, they emerge as queens in the spring. This makes it very important to take care of your yellow jackets with attitude problem before springtime comes around.
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