The yellow jacket wasp becomes aggressive in the fall, vying for a dwindling food supply, but what happens when winter comes? The rest of the colony dies off, and the queen burrows into the ground to survive until spring, when she can emerge and create a new yellow jacket wasp
People use the phrase “flea and tick” all the time, but generally, ticks get more attention on Long Island. Don’t be fooled. Fleas can also be a problem for people and pets. To make it worse, fleas are tiny, with adults only being 2 millimeters or an eighth of an
Crickets are commonly associated with sound – often referred to as a cricket chirp – but not all crickets make noise. As a species, crickets come in about 900 different varieties with about 100 species in the United States. Here on Long Island, you only have to pay attention to
Fall’s cooler weather brings many changes to animals of all types. Wasps and yellow jackets tend to be extremely active in autumn while other insects are slowing down and/or dying off, which leads to some confusion as to what wasps and yellow jackets do in cool weather. First, a point
The decrease in squirrel activity in winter often makes people think that squirrels migrate or hibernate. In reality, it is more complicated. Understanding migration and hibernation is a good way to start. Migration is when a group or species of animals move seasonally, such as when animals migrate to follow
Bed bugs have been surging in the U.S. for a number of years now. How has the coronavirus pandemic affected that trend? A Resurgence in Bed Bugs Bed bugs had been almost eradicated in America in the 1940s. The recent resurgence that began around 2000 has been caused by the
The burn that accompanies a carpenter ant bite has led to a lot of misunderstandings. That confusion starts with the bite itself and related issues like a carpenter ant bite allergy. The good news is that carpenter ants aren’t usually aggressive and tend to avoid humans. Generally, a carpenter ant
A shed can be a big help to gardeners – but you want it to be an insect-resistant, rodent-proof shed. Having a dedicated spot for your gardening tools, fertilizer, etc., saves a lot of time and trouble, especially if you don’t have a garage or it’s already packed with items.