Hornets, wasps and yellow jackets: pest experts say now is the time to set traps

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a cold and snowy winter, but we've made it, and Wednesday is the first day spring!

A season for new life -- and not just plants. Hornet, wasp and yellow jacket queens will be waking up soon and looking for a new nest, maybe in your backyard.

Pest experts at Rescue! say now is the time to hang traps to capture queens before they get to business.

"Once they start a new nest, then they'll start laying eggs and start building the colony," said Rescue! marketing director Stephanie Cates. "And that colony can be anywhere from 500 to 1,000 workers per nest."

Rescue! has products that will trap hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets. Cates said the traps do not attract honey bees.

"People saw their traps fill up in a day last summer, that won't happen this spring but it's important to note that every time you catch [a queen], that's potentially hundreds or even over a thousand workers that won't be around," Cates said.



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