These predatory wasps resemble the less aggressive bees but are in fact stinging wasps. They have sheathed stingers which can deliver multiple venomous stings to a single person. This venom is typically only harmful to individuals with venom allergy. However, it is prudent to stay away. You need not live in fear!
The sting of a yellow jacket is painful and for some, can cause severe reactions. These stinging insects have the ability to deliver multiple stings with their lance-like stingers with small barbs. If you see a yellow jacket nest – it is best to stay away and call the Burns professionals for removal.
Yellow jackets are named aptly for their yellow and black appearance. Some mistake them for bees, but they are in fact stinging wasps. They differ from bees by having less hair on their bodies, they have a more oval shape vs the rounded shape of bees, and they have elongated wings that lie next to their body when at rest.
Nests of yellow jackets can typically be found under porch steps, exterior corners of buildings and homes, sidewalk cracks, and at the base of trees. They are attracted to human food, particularly sweets. They can often be observed flying around outdoor trash receptacles and picnic areas.