MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – As Fall approaches, wasps and bees are becoming restless.
Their colonies are biggest in late summer and they know that their food sources are dwindling. This means these insects can become aggressive if they feel endangered.
Going around hives is especially dangerous this time of year as colonies are preparing for winter and working to protect their queen.
The Door County Land Trust, a non-profit organization that protects Door County’s environment, posted a notice to especially watch out for Yellow Jackets.
“As the summer winds down and food sources dwindle they become downright hangry,” the post said. “When they’re hangry, they’re much like you and me – aggressive and persistent. We can’t do anything about their attitude, but maybe letting you know why they’re so frantic will help alleviate the bother.”
If a bee is in your vicinity and is flying around you, it is not recommended that you kill the bee as it is a pollinator and helps the reproduction of flowers and other plants. Instead, walk away in a straight line until you can reach an enclosed area.
According to an exterminator site, bees do not like the taste or smell of different oils and scents including lavender oil, citronella oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, lemon, and lime. Putting these scents on or around you may help deter bees.
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