Catch the Queen Now to Control Yellowjackets This Summer

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Use the Environmentally Friendly RESCUE!® Reusable Yellowjacket Trap

Catch yellojackets with RESCUE!®'s Yellowjacket Trap

Each queen caught at the start of spring represents one nest filled with hundreds to potentially thousands of dangerous stinging, biting workers that will never be constructed.

After this winter’s polar vortexes, feet of snow, and inches of ice, homeowners in the Pacific Northwest are eager to get outdoors. Something else is eager to emerge from winter’s grasp, too—a population of awakening yellowjackets.

“When spring days warm to near 70°F, the queen yellowjacket emerges from her overwintering den—a decaying log or sheltered spot—and searches for a new location to construct a nest,” explains Rod Schneidmiller, president of Sterling International, a developer of environmentally friendly pest control products, RESCUE!®.

“Each queen caught at the start of spring represents one nest filled with hundreds to potentially thousands of dangerous stinging, biting workers that will never be constructed,” Schneidmiller emphasizes. “The best time to capture the queen is in early spring before the insects even begin building new nests.”

Pest control experts recommend taking action when the weather warms up to the 70s in order to catch the queens as they emerge from their winter homes. The RESCUE!® Reusable Yellowjacket Trap is designed to entice and trap these queens and their workers.

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive -- more so than wasps or hornets. “Yellowjackets will sting and bite,” Schneidmiller explains. “They’ll often bite flesh to get a better grip before jabbing you with their stinger. And since they don’t lose their stingers, they can sting multiple times.”

How the RESCUE!® Yellowjacket Trap Works
Made in the USA, the RESCUE!® Reusable Yellowjacket Trap was designed to lure and catch the dozen of species of yellowjackets found in the United States.

“The trap uses a specially formulated attractant that lures only yellowjackets, posing no threat to beneficial pollinators such as honeybees,” says Dr. Qing-He Zhang, Sterling International’s lead scientist and director of research.

Instead of poison, the trap uses a non-toxic mode of action. The insects are lured inside the double-chambered structure, where they can’t escape and eventually die of dehydration.

Multiple traps positioned around the perimeter of a yard or open space will go a long way in controlling yellowjackets, making the great outdoors much more pleasant.

The RESCUE!® Reusable Yellowjacket Trap should be used through the summer and fall seasons to capture workers as they forage for food and prevent new queens from overwintering.

Two attractant refills are available: the RESCUE!® Yellowjacket Attractant Refills that last for 4 weeks and the RESCUE!® 10-week Attractant Cartridge.

“With its durability and years of use, our trap was designed to be an economical way to keep your family and pets safe for years to come,” says Schneidmiller.

Established in 1982, Sterling International, Inc. offers RESCUE!® traps and attractants for stink bugs, wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, flies, Japanese and Oriental beetles and more. These products are prominently on shelves at home improvement centers, hardware stores and lawn & garden retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Find the closest retailer here. For more information and great tips, visit Follow RESCUE!® on Facebook and Twitter.

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