As summer approaches, there is one thing we can all look forward to: the presence of bees and wasps. Ok, maybe not look forward to, but at least they are a positive symbol of warm weather, right? As with any pest, the first step to removing the problem is identifying the pest. With an assortment of bees and wasps that all look similar, it’s not easy to distinguish one from the other. For that reason, Aerex has compiled a roundup of bees and wasps with characteristics of each.
- Honeybee: Honeybees are about a half inch long, hairy and honey brown. They are commonly confused with yellowjackets, which are actually wasps! Perhaps honeybees are best identified by their nests, which look like honeycombs!
- Bumblebee: Bumblebees are 1/2 to 1 inch in length. Their fuzzy black and yellow coat makes them unmistakable.
- Carpenter Bee: This bee is known as the Bumblebee’s twin. The distinguishing difference is the carpenter bee’s shiny, all black abdomen, as opposed the bumblebee’s fuzzy yellow and black abdomen.
- Yellowjacket: Notoriously aggressive, the yellowjacket’s shiny yellow and black striped abdomen is an unmistakable physical feature.
- Hornet: A hornet is actually a larger yellowjacket species. They are just under an inch in length and have a black and white abdomen with a white face. Look for a basketball-sized papery oval nest, which usually hang from tree limbs.
If you are experiencing a bee/wasp problem at your home, the most important element of controlling them is to destroy the nest. Keep in mind that destroying a nest can sometimes be a greater health risk than simply avoiding it. It is up to you to determine the severity of the problem. In any case, contacting Aerex Pest Control is the best solution to any pest problem, including wasps and bees. Our technicians are trained in the art of pest removal and will create a plan for your specific needs.
Please note: Aerex Pest Control cannot kill honeybees. They are a federally protected creature and the best way to remove them from around your home is by contacting a local beekeeper to move the nest.