wasp?

Asked August 28, 2016, 4:46 PM EDT

We discovered today several flying insects going in under our house siding. I don't think they are bees, but I am not sure what they are. Can you tell from the picture, and also what should we do about them?
Thank you!

Larimer County Colorado

1 Response

That is the western yellowjacket. Some information on yellowjackets is at: http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2013/03/Yellowjackets.pdf

This insect makes brand new colonies each spring, starting with a single queen that is the only surviving stage. At this time of year the colonies start to break up and are usually dead by early to midOctober.