Size: 3/8" to 5/8"
Color: Black with yellow stripes
Common Name: Yellow Jacket
Species: Vespula vulgaris
Wasps eat spiders and insects. They will also feed on human food, especially meats and sweets. Unlike bees, wasps do not make honey or store food.
Wasp like to be where humans live. They usually build their nests underground, around garbage and in cool, dark spaces. They also build nests in trees, shrubs and in holes in walls. Most yellow jacket colonies only remain active for one year. Then the queen flies off to start a new colony. The remaining bees die in the fall and the nest is abandoned. Look for yellow jacket nests during the day, because you can see them flying in and out, Wasp are common in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West Midlands.
IMPACT Pest Control for Wasp
Wasps help farmers by eating pests that can destroy crops. They are dangerous because they can sting multiple times, injecting venom into the host. For most people a yellow jacket sting just causes a welt and temporary pain, but their sting can cause allergic reactions to people sensitive to this venom.
Call a pest management professional if you find Wasp around your house.