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August 10, 2018

Spot The Stinger: How To Distinguish Wasps from Hornets

When the end of August rolls around and everybody is looking to get outside and enjoy the last of the warm weather, it’s easy to forget that flying pests are still out and active. That’s why too many late-summer outings and picnics find themselves inundated with bugs as the summer winds down - and nothing spoils a fun afternoon outdoors quite like a painful sting.

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August 31, 2017

Why Stinging Insects Are Much More Active During Late Summer

You may have noticed wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets buzzing around all summer long, generally keeping to themselves and not causing much trouble. The truth is, even these fearsome flyers are relatively laid back through the early spring and summer, focused mostly on nest-building and colony-raising and not all that interested in humans. Late summer, however, is a different story - and it only takes one off encounter with an especially-active hive to know the difference.

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July 19, 2017

How To Handle Hornets

When it comes to cousins of the otherwise-harmless honeybee, few make more enemies each year than hornets.

These large pests are some of the biggest vespines in North America and although they tend to avoid conflict if possible, hornets are generally not afraid to sting when threatened. Plus, since hornets tend to be more aggressive when there’s food around, stumbling on a nest unexpectedly always brings a bit more danger to dealing with hornets on your property.

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August 30, 2016

In The Ground Or Upside Down: Identifying Your Wasp Problem

As it always tends to do, the summer is coming to a close before anybody is ready for it to be over. By now, you’ve raced past all the heat and it’s time to settle into cruise control until the fall. In New England this means waiting for the leaves to change and, unfortunately, battling wasps until they die off in the winter. We have a lot of customers swarming to us about wasp issues whenever this time of year hits, and our best advice is to identify which type of wasp is really bugging you in order to safeguard yourself from getting stung.

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August 23, 2016

The Sting Behind Summer’s Sweetest Months

Ahhh, August. In New England especially, the latter half of August represents a reprieve from the just-passed (or survived) warmest time of the year. Air conditioners can look forward to less exhausting work schedules, kids aren’t hiding in climate controlled video game dens, and the words “let’s get some fresh air” are actually a welcomed invitation. So you run outside to embrace the quintessence of summer, likely leaving a trail of bubbles via your feel-good wand of nostalgia, only to rile up a nest of the brightest bullies on the block: wasps and yellow jackets.

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