You’ve carefully crafted your charcuterie board, the lavender-infused lemonade is chilled in a glass dispenser, and the salmon canapés are plated and passed by the servers. But just as your guest reaches for one of these mouth-watering eats, a Yellowjacket swoops in to crash the party and imparts a painful sting. Pinterest never prepared you for these pests!
Whether it’s a barbecue, picnic, backyard gathering, food truck festival or an outdoor wedding reception, party planners should consider their insect control strategy as carefully as the menu.
Yellowjackets are the insects that pose the biggest threat to any outdoor gathering with food and beverages. From mid-July on, yellowjacket workers are sent out from the nest in search of protein and carbohydrates. They can travel up to 1,000 feet away to find sustenance — that’s a distance of three football fields!
Here’s a checklist for keeping your guests safe and yellowjacket-proofing your next outdoor event.
4 to 7 Days Before your Event
Set reusable yellowjacket traps and/or disposable yellowjacket traps up around the perimeter of the venue in advance of the event. Hang them at least 20 feet away from the area where the food will be served or guests will be gathered.
If you find a yellowjacket or hornet nest near the venue: Call a professional to remove it. Prepare a sting relief kit for use in case a guest is stung by a yellowjacket:
– Sting relief wipes to clean the wound area
– Small zipper-lock bags to hold ice and apply it to the sting site
– Topical antihistamine such as Benadryl
– Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) for pain relief
– Make sure guests who are allergic have Epi-pens at the ready, just in case.
The Morning of your Event
Dump out the insects caught in the Reusable Yellowjacket Traps and replace with fresh attractant.
Fill new Disposable Yellowjacket Traps with water and hang them at least 20 feet away from the activity area.