There are five species of yellow jackets in southern Ohio:
- Vespula maculifrons (eastern yellow jackets)
- Vespula squamosa (southern yellow jackets)
- Vespula flavopilosa (downy yellow jackets)
- Vespula vidua (widow yellow jackets)
- Vespula germanica ( German yellow jackets)
These are listed from the most abundant to the rarest. The German yellow jackets are an invasive species from Europe and have practically died out as the temperature warmed in recent years. They are still abundant in northern Ohio. All of these species build “concealed” nests, either in the ground or inside walls.
There are three species of hornets in our area:
- Dolichovespula maculata (bald face hornets)
- Dolichovespula arenaria (yellow hornets)
- Vespa crabro (European hornets)
Bald face hornets (actually a type of yellow jacket) and yellow hornets build “exposed” nests which hang in trees or on buildings. European hornets build concealed nests in hollow trees on inside walls. As it’s name suggests, European hornets are invasive.
Bald face are by far the most common. Arenaria have died out in recent years due to warming.
For more than 40 years, we have removed wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets for free of charge. Working primarily in Scioto County, Ohio (e.g., Lucasville, Minford, Portsmouth, Stockdale, Wheelersburg), we will come to your home, farm, or other property and remove live, stinging bees, or more specifically–wasps, yellow jackets and hornets. While tips are appreciated due to the high cost of gasoline, this service is free, at no charge to you since we collect the bees’ venom for laboratories who use the venom for medicinal purposes, such as immunotherapy. Use our contact form to set up a time for us to remove your unwanted stinging insects.
Featured in the photo is the first yellow jacket nest of the season, found on June 16, 2022 in Scioto County, Ohio. This Tennis-ball size nest has the new queen which was hatched late last summer and survived the winter. There are about 20 newly hatched workers, all female, who will take up the tasks of building the nest larger and bringing in food and water while the queen stays in the nest and continues to lay eggs. The nest will rapidly grow larger and in the coming months produce hundreds of workers.
May 2022, Scioto County, Ohio. This is a new bald-face hornets (Dolichovespula maculata) nest. It contains only the new queen, which was hatched late last summer and survived the winter. The long tube on the bottom is the only entrance and provides some protection against predators and parasites. Once the first workers hatch, all female, they will chew off the tube and begin to enlarge the nest while the queen stays home and lays eggs
As of June 20, 2017: note primary plate nearly doubled in size from two weeks ago Second brood cycle much progressed