1. The life of a Queen yellow jacket is quite a routine one that means they live their lives ina straight forward manner which enables them to live a longer life than other yellow jackets
2. Queen Yellow Jackets are the only type of yellow jackets to actually live and survive all the way through winter time as other yellow jackets can not possibly get through this cold period and survive
3. The yellow jacket is a ground nester, usually in abandoned rodent burrows. But other protected cavities, like voids in walls and ceilings of houses, sometimes are selected as nesting sites.
4. Pregnant Queen yellow jackets survive through the winter, but the males will all leave the nest and die. They only use their nest for one season.
5. Queen Yellow jackets will become pregnant before winter time by males who will depart the nest and die off because of the change in season
6. As they enter into spring time, around March and going on to May, they emerge from hibernation and ready for the next phase of their lives
7. Yellow jacket nests in Texas have been unearthed that were over 6 feet across and contained over 1 million cells by yellow jacket extermination experts.
8. Because the queen yellow jacket have been mated by yellow jacket males the pervious year, they will be ready to lay their eggs which will tend to number up to 70 which when hatched will become the worker yellow jackets
9. When the yellow jacket has layed her eggs, she will not leave the nest again until she dies, as the other yellow jackets will take up the work on her behalf leaving her to guard the nest.
10. When a yellow jacket nest is disturbed, defending workers may attack in numbers and inflict enough stings to create a life threatening situation for individuals hypersensitive to the venom making yellow jackets extermination not for the feint-hearted.
11. Yellow jacket colonies can number up to 5000 at one time and you may see these yellow jackets picking up tiny slivers of your deck or fence post which will be turned into the paper to construct their nest.
12. Yellow jacket workers have been known to forage up to 1800 feet from the nest, but their normal foraging range is about 1100 feet.
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