German yellow jacket (Vespula germanica) perched on a wooden board

What’s The Difference Between a Yellow Jacket and a Wasp?

Yellow jackets are actually the common name of a particular type of wasp. Wasps from the Vespula and Dolichovespula genera are called yellow jackets in the US. Yellow jacket species…

Northern Black Widow close-up

The Most Poisonous Pests in Michigan

Animal poison tends to be as provocative as it is scary. Somebody asks us about poison almost every single day. Usually by asking “is that thing poisonous?!” The answer is…