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When is Wasp Season?

When is Wasp Season?

Discover Wasp Life Cycle and Seasonality The sight of a wasp gets many people’s hearts racing. Their painful sting and menacing appearance drive many of us crazy during the summer. The most common wasp species we see in North America are yellow jackets and hornets, but in fact, there are tens of thousands of wasp species throughout the entire planet.1 Some wasps are social, meaning they live in colonies, and a vast majority are solitary. Because there are so many species, it is difficult to pinpoint their life cycle and behaviors. But we can make some generalizations to help prepare...

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Protecting Kids, Toddlers & Babies from Mosquitoes

Protecting Kids, Toddlers & Babies from Mosquitoes

Finding Chemical-Free, Worry-Free Solutions Protecting your kids from bug bites, especially mosquito bites, is a full-time job during the summer. Now with all our knowledge of pest transmitted diseases such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, and Lyme disease, it’s hard to stop the worry. This is especially hard on parents with infants and toddlers, who are advised not to use conventional chemical bug sprays. Here are some helpful tips to make your job a little easier! Consider the time of day Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. Avoid taking your little ones outside during these times.1 Preventing...

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Home Sweet Home: What Attracts Carpenter Bees?

Home Sweet Home: What Attracts Carpenter Bees?

A customer recently asked why her home was chosen by carpenter bees. It’s a great question, but the answer has many different variables. So many of us wonder why carpenter bees are such a problem in our area, but maybe not so much at a friend’s home that is only a few miles away – or even a neighbor right next door. Carpenter bees are unique creatures governed by a set of distinct behavioral patterns. Studying these patterns and exploiting them in our design enabled us to create such effective carpenter bee traps. These behaviors have shown us their preferences...

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Male vs Female Carpenter Bees

Male vs Female Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are known for their wood-drilling skills. Unlike honey bees, carpenter bees are solitary bees. This means that they do not make a hive or live in a large colony. Carpenter bee units primarily comprise one female and one male carpenter bee. Each spring when the new carpenter bees emerge from hibernation, they look for a mate. A female and male pair will choose to mate together. Immediately the female begins the hard task of building a nest and laying eggs. The female and male carpenter bees have different and important jobs. The female does all of the nest...

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Why Use Natural Bug Repellents?

There are so many bug repellents on the market, and as summer draws near they seem to be conveniently placed on endcaps and in aisles wherever you go. It’s so easy to quickly grab a bottle and move on. But just because these familiar products are readily available doesn’t mean they are the right choice for you. Here are a few points to consider when deciding how to protect your family from pests this summer season. 1. DEET or No DEET? We’ve likely all heard of DEET. DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is a chemical compound most commonly used in conventional bug repellent...

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