DATE POSTED: July 30, 2020
On the pro side, wasps keep the environment balanced and stable with their pollination and insect-feeding activities. The con side is that if they sting you, it will be painful. Skin redness and inflammation will follow. You could have an allergic reaction to their venom, which may be mild or intense.
DATE POSTED: August 29, 2018
Yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets love the heat. The warm weather gives them more energy to buzz around and allows them to become more active. This is why as the summer rolls on you will see more and more of these stinging insects.
DATE POSTED: September 18, 2017
All summer long, the wasps of South Portland fly around us in search of insects they can feed their growing young back in their nests. They're so busy, they barely pay any attention to us, our food and even our sweet beverages – seeming only to get aggravated and sting us if we should bother them. But then comes the fall and it seems the entire personality of wasps change and they become…
DATE POSTED: July 21, 2017
The cicada killer wasp is a bug with a name that excites fear when you hear it. Is the hype founded? Are cicada killer wasps as dangerous as their name suggests?
DATE POSTED: July 10, 2017
We could begin this article with a description of a yellow jacket, but there is little chance you don't know what a yellow jacket looks like--if you live in South Portland. Those aggressive little black and yellow wasps are a significant pest in Southern Maine. But, there are a few things you may not have heard about yellow jackets. Let's see if we can tell you something you don't know.
DATE POSTED: June 20, 2017
Are you familiar with the carpenter bee? It's okay if you aren't. It is actually not a very well-known bee. In fact, the carpenter bee is often mistaken for a bumblebee. But it is definitely a bee you should get to know, if you've never heard of it. Carpenter bees can be destructive to a home. They are a particular danger to unfinished wood, and can do enough damage to your back porch, deck, and…