Yellow Jackets and Wasps in the Fall

In the fall, yellow jackets and wasps will die off naturally because of the change in temperature from summer to winter. If you want to prepare for this occurrence, it’s best to make sure your windows are sealed up tight during the cold months so they can’t get inside your house.

If you notice an increase in these insects around your home this time of year, there may be a few other reasons why. For example, if you live near tall trees or bushes that produce lots of berries (i.e., blackberries) during late summer into early fall then these insects may be drawn towards them as well as away from their typical hibernation spots. The same thing happens with wasps; if you see more than usual flying around this time of year, check your backyard for a wasps’ nest that may have been abandoned.

Yellow Jackets and Autumn Weather

If you live in an area where yellow jackets and wasps are prevalent, then the fall is the best time to prepare for their demise. When these insects can’t find food they move on, so sealing your windows during the winter will keep them out of your house while they starve. If this isn’t an option for you, then making sure that you don’t leave any little bits of food outside will also help with keeping these insects around.

Yellow jackets and wasps are beneficial during the summer, as they help with pollination and pest control. It’s important to keep in mind though that these insects can still sting even though it is their mating season. This isn’t a time where they will be more docile than usual so if you don’t want to deal with stings it’s best to just stay away.

During the winter, yellow jackets and wasps will die off naturally because of the change in temperature from summer to winter. If you want to prepare for this occurrence, it’s best to make sure your windows are sealed up tight during the cold months so they can’t get inside your house. If you want to prepare for this occurrence, it’s best to make sure your windows are sealed up tight during the cold months so they can’t get inside your house. If you want to prepare for this occurrence, it’s best to make sure that you don’t leave any food outside because if they can’t find food they will move on and die off.

So, if you see less of these insects in the fall, this is why. They aren’t here to bother you, they are just migrating because there isn’t enough food for them to eat. If you find yourself bothered by their presence though, make sure that your windows are safely sealed up during winter so they can’t get inside.

What Temperature Kills Yellow Jackets?

A typical wasp or yellow jacket that has been living as a resident in your home can survive as low as 40°F. However, if the temperature drops to about 50°F, they will die. The insects are social creatures and primarily live in large groups at temperatures above 55°F, which is their heat tolerance level.

Does Killing a Yellow Jacket Attract More?

You see, wasps and yellow jackets are social creatures and typically live in large groups around temperatures above 55°F (which is their heat tolerance level). If you kill one, you could expect another to come because it can sense the scent of death in the area.  With that said, most yellow jackets and wasps will die off during the winter months anyway. If you find one inside your home, it’s best to just leave it alone because this isn’t a time where they’ll be docile, so if you don’t want to deal with a sting then it’s best to just give them space.

 

If you want to prepare for this occurrence, it’s best to make sure that your windows are sealed up tight during the cold months so they can’t get inside your house. If you want to prepare for this occurrence, it’s best to make sure that you don’t leave any food outside because if they can’t find food they will move on and die off. So, if you see less of these insects in the fall, this is why. They aren’t here to bother you, they are just migrating because there isn’t enough food for them to eat. If you find yourself bothered by their presence though, then making sure that your windows are safely sealed up during winter so they can’t get inside should help with keeping yellow jackets out of your house.  If you are need of pest control services to help deal with yellow jackets or wasps give us a call and we’d be happy to help!