Wasp or yellow jacket nests

Asked June 3, 2020, 4:30 PM EDT

I am trying to control yellow jacket or wasps around our house. I have knocked down that last year‘s nest and killed a few of the wasps that were attached. I was told if I kill the queen wasp that the colony would not survive. Attached is a picture of nest and a couple of the wasps plus the larger one that I think may be the queen. Can you verify? Any suggestions on natural controls would be appreciated. I am hanging up traps with attractants.

Klamath County Oregon

1 Response

The ground nesting wasps may be yellowjackets.Yellow jacket wasps are social insects that live in colonies with up to 4,000 workers. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head and striped abdomen. Underground, their fall nest is a papery structure that provides a home and breeding area for the queen and contains combs where young are raised. Yellowjacket wasps do not reuse the same nest next year. Yellow jacket wasps (Vespula vulgaris, Vespula germanica) do not over winter as colonies. New matted queens, which are the only members of the colony that survive the winter and they do not overwinter in the nest. 1.They leave the nest in the fall and overwinter under tree bark and other protected sites. There is no need to apply insecticides to the nest this fall. The workers have died and the new queens are hiding in new locations. 3.Nests are used for just one season and will remain vacant the next season. The following site have more details .