Yellow-jackets & Paper Wasps Wasps: Also known as yellow-jackets, there are few species of them in Boise. There are 3 main species in the Treasure Valley. Paravespula pensylvanica (the western yellowjacket), Paravespula germanica (the German yellow-jacket), and Paravespula vulgaris (the common yellow-jacket). These are represented in the picture above. Yellow-jackets develop annual colonies.

waspsThe only member of the colony to overwinter are inseminated queens in dry protected locations such as under bark, in stumps, in hollow logs, or in attics. They emer during the first warm days of spring (rarely as early as March, usually May), select a nest site, and build a small paper nest in which they lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the queen feeds they young larvae for about 18 to 20 days. The larvae then pupate and later emerge as small, infertile females called workers.


Identification: Typical yellow-jackets are short and block. All yellow-jackets are yellow and black or white and black. Paper wasps are more slender; they may be distinguished fro yellow-jackets y their long legs and coloring, which is usually red and yellow or mostly yellow with small areas of black.

Control: Dealing with these types of pest can be very dangerous.  During the summer months they are especially aggressive and sometimes sting only because you are in the area of their nest.  Their sting can be very harmful. The best way to get rid of wasps and yellow-jackets is to call Brax Pest Control and let their trained professionals take care of your problem.