SOURCE: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

July 07, 2015 12:37 ET

Knowing Your Pollinators From Your Pests

Gardener's Supply Offers Help Protecting Pollinators, Eliminating Yellow Jackets

BURLINGTON, VT--(Marketwired - July 07, 2015) - Crawling, buzzing, flying and diving, insects can get the better of you this time of year. But with a national push to protect the beneficial bugs, it pays to know what's what in your own backyard.

For instance, the honeybee, responsible for pollinating flowers and food alike, is a welcome guest in the garden and generally doesn't sting unless threatened. But this relatively gentle do-gooder is often mistaken for more aggressive visitors like paper wasps, hornets and even bumble bees. All these bugs will sting -- but not as aggressively as the yellow jacket.

Yes, the yellow jacket has a job; it feeds on pest insects including houseflies, caterpillars and grasshoppers. But when the food gets scarce in summer, this guy goes after the garbage -- the cook out and the picnic. And he doesn't back down without a fight; yellow jackets are among the common insects most likely to attack without provocation -- and they sometimes chase after you! One way to deter this unwelcomed jerk is to make it look like he's late to the party. Hanging a lantern-style object that looks like a wasp's nest can trick the yellow jacket into splitting the scene -- or at least into nesting elsewhere -- because he's naturally territorial.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Mason Bee. Like the honeybee, he's a pollinator and he very rarely stings. His presence in the garden is so desirable Gardener's Supply Company recently introduced a Mason Bee House -- designed to convince this beneficial bug to stick around. Add to it a home for small birds and another for butterflies and you have our Bamboo Habitat Collection -- a top seller at Gardener's Supply -- and a great way to do your part to protect pollinators by providing a stylish shelter.

About Gardener's Supply Company
Founded in 1983, Gardener's Supply Company is a 100% employee-owned company of avid gardeners providing garden-tested, earth-friendly products combined with practical information. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the company has won many awards for its innovative gardening products, online gardening content and progressive management style. Gardener's Supply is now a Certified B Corporation. www.gardeners.com

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