Are yellow jackets more aggressive during fall? Here’s What You Need to Know

Have you ever noticed that yellow jackets are more aggressive during fall? You may be surprised but sometimes, apple picking brings more of these aggressive stings than a summer picnic does! Well, there’s actually a scientific reason for it. Autumn is a particularly vital time Yellow jacket colonies are at their largest (1,000-4,000 workers) by late summer and begin dwindling down as the weather gets cooler. So, they aren’t trying to intentionally bother you, they’re actually just dying off. Resources are also depleted[i] during this time making yellow jackets grow hungry which is why they may be swarming your cider …

Can You Identify the Different Types of Bees?

Bee-lieve it or not, there are more than 20,000 species of bees in the world, and not all of them sting. While they may seem like a nuisance when you are outdoors, these creatures are critical for our ecosystem, including our food supply (click here to learn more about the importance of bees).  Here are some of the more common varieties in North America: Honeybees – Talk about an important insect: honeybees pollinate one in three of all of our crops! If you have a garden in your yard, you should welcome them (that’s right, we said attract bees to …

Introducing Hiker Mike

We’d like to introduce you to our new buddy, Hiker Mike. He always has Sting-Kill, and the best intentions, but nothing else ever really seems to go his way. We encourage you to learn from his mistakes, and to laugh a little in the process. Here are some tips on how to stay safe around bees! Don’t wear perfumes or citrus after shaves. Bees are sensitive to odors and are more likely to come near you if they can smell your perfume. Wear light colors. Research has shown that bees tend to attack dark things. If you run into a …