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Fox Pest Control’s McAllen Yellowjacket Exterminator Service

Good luck running from a yellowjacket. Those little wasps are fast and fierce — exactly the type of flying insect you don’t want ruining a relaxing day in the sun. Once they come around, it’s hard to calm the yellowjackets (or your guests for that matter). Here at Fox Pest Control, we want you to feel comfortable and safe outdoors.  

Signs of a Yellow Jacket Infestation

You might already know for sure that you have a yellow jacket problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a yellow jacket infestation in McAllen. 

Yellow Jacket Sightings

The most common sign of yellow jackets is actual yellow jackets flying around the yard, garden, house, flowers, or other areas.

Visible Nests

Some species of yellowjackets make paper nests above ground. Some of these can be located in trees, on house siding, in window frames, hanging under soffits, or on posts.

Hidden Nests

Several species of yellow jackets make nests underground. Others may make nests under siding, inside soffits, or in similar hidden areas. These are difficult to spot because the only sign of them is yellow jackets flying in and out of the nest.

Important Things to Know About Yellowjackets

  • Yellowjackets are a subtype of wasp
  • Because they’re wired to be social creatures, they are much more aggressive than other types of wasps, especially when they think their nest is in danger.
  • Yellowjackets are about the size of a standard housefly, but don’t be misled: they aren’t mild mannered.
  • To identify a yellowjacket, look for:
    • Smooth bodies, a small waist, relatively small body (½ in.), yellow and black striped markings
  • These insects are known to bite their target securely in order to get a tight grip while sliding their stinger into the skin. 
  • If you or someone you know is stung by a yellowjacket and experiences any of the following symptoms, contact a doctor immediately, as these are symptoms of a potentially life-threatening systemic reaction:
    • Hives
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Constricted airway
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea or vomiting

Helpful Yellowjacket Prevention Tips:  

  • Make or purchase Yellowjacket Decoys to hang in areas they make nests
  • Limit food access around your yard and cover trash cans.
  • Ensure all door and window screens are in good repair.
  • Do not seal entryways as yellow jackets may already be inside walls.

How Do I Get Rid Of Yellowjackets?

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Think you have a yellowjacket problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free yellowjacket control quote.

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Your Pest Pro will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized yellowjacket treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.


You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain yellowjacket free.

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Yellowjacket Control FAQ

Are yellowjackets dangerous?

For most people, a single sting doesn’t cause a big problem, other than painful swelling. Some people are allergic to yellowjacket stings. These people need to be especially careful. If you are stung and are allergic, seek medical attention immediately.

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, is a life-threatening allergic reaction, usually caused by an insect sting. Symptoms include respiratory constriction, massive or irregular swelling, hives, irregular heart pace or rhythm, and more.

What is epinephrine?

Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is a hormone that helps restore heart speed and rhythm, open airways, and improve blood flow during anaphylaxis. It is often included as an injection for those who are allergic to insect stings.

Can yellowjackets only sting once?

Yellowjackets, like other wasps, can sting multiple times, unlike honey bees which can only sting once and then die. 

Are yellowjackets beneficial to the environment?

In general, yellowjackets eat other bugs, including crop-destroying insects that cause problems for gardeners and farmers, which makes them beneficial in the wild. 

Do yellowjackets eat pollen?

Some species of yellowjackets also eat flower nectar and pollen, just like bees, which means some yellowjackets help plants by pollination. Although, no pollinating insects are quite as efficient pollinators as native bees.

What do yellowjackets eat?

All yellowjackets eat meat, usually other insects. However, there are some yellow jacket species  that also eat flower nectar and pollen.

Do yellowjackets make honey?

Yellowjackets don’t make honey, but they can bring pollen that they regurgitate for their larvae to eat. 

Do yellowjackets pollinate flowers?

While all yellowjackets eat meat of one kind or another, some types also eat flower nectar and pollen. So, technically they are pollinators, but they aren’t nearly as good at it as native bees and honey bees.

What are the differences between wasps, hornets, bumblebees, yellowjackets, and bees?

Wasp. This is a general term that describes any flying insect that can sting multiple times, eats meat, and is either solitary or makes colonies.
Hornets, paper wasps, yellowjackets, and mud daubers are all types of wasps.

Bumblebees have round, fuzzy bodies and stubby wings. They are usually black and yellow. They are closely related to wasps, but they aren’t wasps or bees.

Bees. Of all the thousands of bee species, they all have hairy bodies, short wings, and at least some hairs, though some kinds are fuzzy. They can be black and yellow or completely black.
The most well-known types of bees are honey bees and carpenter bees.

McAllen Pest Control Reviews

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– Anthony Falzone

Posted December 12th 2019

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We've been using FOX for the last few years for seasonal pest maintenance. Every time we see some sort of pest activity outside our regular seasonal treatment, they come quick and take care of it. The workers are always kind and courteous and answer my questions and concerns. We've recommended this company to a number of family and friends who have also used FOX for treatment.

– Tara Canaan

Posted December 1st 2019

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We have only experienced outstanding service from our techs, especially Sterling. He is very respectful and so sweet!! Good communication from their main office too! Happy customer, will recommend to friends in our area :)

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Posted December 8th 2019

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