Don't Wear That Shirt!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Think Green, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    This thread will be a little dramatic and yet a little funny at the same time.
    We as applicator's and seasoned LCO's are familiar with colors associated with the landscape, and that certain insects are attracted to certain colors.
    Does a particular color of company shirts attract hazardous insect attacks on employees? I won't forget to leave out the Boss's and owners too!!
    I have tried to purchase colors of work wear that do not attract bees--wasps--hornets--or any other insect that stings in order protect myself as well as our hired help. I have always tried to keep things cool and purchase yellow, white, pink colors that correlate to spring time colors and colors that will reflect heat from the wearer. But each season, the attacks of wasp, hornet, and bees are becoming ever more popular with the yellow and pink shirts. There have been instances where the lighter green colored shirts attracted insects but not like the horrible stinging types. We dont like to use the darker colored clothing because of the intense heat that is absorbed.
    What have you noticed about the use of certain colors that may have lead to your insect stings.???
    Have you done research on color selections that fit your business profiles for safety.
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    I am in the process of having shirts made on the "safety green" color. I haven't noticed being more attractive to bees or anything. I did notice when I wear my orange shirt, people give me dirty looks. But when I wear the green they seem to be more friendly. Maybe its just me LOL. But yea, when I finally figure out how to layout the shirts I will get them made. They keep giving me different ideas and fonts. Fonts are important! Can't run around with Ariel when I can get Century Gothic!!!

    But getting back on topic. I have never noticed different colored shirts attracting bees or wasps. I would imagine yellow would do it for the relationship to flowers.
  3. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    yeah you could just go with a basic grey shirt. make the employees wear reflective vests when needed and if they hit a crazy swarm take it off and run!
  4. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    Athletic gray, or "natural", like a mottled tan work well for us.
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    We wear white
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Sky blue here in the desert.
  7. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    try wearing a crimson red shirt in TN and see how many dirty looks you get....
  8. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    So--------It is easy to surmise that while wearing natural colored shirts, the insects aren't lured to a person.
    It is common color sense that color attracts the eye of humans. Thus, orange and yellows are used for safety and construction, not to mention the encarserated person.
    Green signifies new growth--life--rebirth of dead foliage. Whatever the definition of color means on the spectrum, we have found out that while wearing colorful clothing to keep cooler and to attract passerby's for business, we also attract the likes of Hornets, bees, horsefly's, assassin bugs, wasps, dragon fly's, miller's. These colors on the other hand do not attract the insects that are normally on flowers; as aphids-spider mites-cutworms-earwigs-lacewings-borers-etc.
    Wearing natural or neutral colors do pose as a blockade for the attractive reflective light that attracts certain insects to flowers. Heaven knows that if insects could smell, they would leave us alone at the onslaught of a hot day. My walker is yellow, and it attracts those stinging insects, as the roaring of the engine and the buzz of the blades have something to do with disturbing their slumber. Our Exmarks are red--they do not attract stinging insects unless driven across or disturbed. It is always the color of clothing, and the movement across the lawns from myself, the employees, and our customers while standing in the lawns that always attract these insects to come over.
    Certain colognes and perfumes seem to have secret pheromones that attract them also. This is another topic that is funny to get into. Does AXE cologne spray attract insects??
    Anyway, was curious as to how many of you have thought about this topic while riding on your ZTR's as you are outrunning some ground hornets, or red wasps while wearing a red or yellow t-shirt.??

    Thanks for the responses!
  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,800

    A woman customer told me last week that her red shirt attracted a hummingbird. She was trying to get a picture of it.
  10. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    Maybe that's why I get funny looks when I wear that shirt, they think its the local prison landscape crew!

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