Wasps and bees both belong to the order Hymenoptera, and both usually live in communal hives and can pack a walloping sting, leading to many people confusing them for each other. However, they are very different creatures and should be handled differently when dealing with pest control. Below, we cover the basics of each one to help you tell the two apart so you can know when to call for help with these insects.
Bees: Peaceful Pollinators
Bees have wide, robust bodies, with some or all of it often appearing fuzzy. Their legs are wide and flat, the optimal shape for collecting pollen, and they are often seen flying from flower to flower, picking up and spreading around pollen as they collect it as a food source. Bees live in hives they build out of waxy cells, in shapes familiar to most people as ‘honeycomb’.The most important thing to know about bees is that they are not aggressive. If left to their own devices, they will almost never seek out a reason to sting you. In fact, for many breeds of bee, they will die after inflicting even one sting. Bees are a necessary part of nature, enough so that their ongoing drop in numbers is incredibly concerning to scientists. Because of this, most pest control services prefer to relocate bees instead of killing them whenever possible.
Wasps: Aggressive Predators
Wasps, on the other hand, are notoriously aggressive and have been known to stink unprovoked. These pests are identifiable by their longer, thinner bodies, which are hairless and often have a waxy appearance, with much thinner legs than bees have. Wasps come in a variety of colors, from black and yellow to black and white and even a shiny blue. Wasps’ nests also look very different from the waxy hive of a bee. If you stumble across a papery nest, usually built in a hidden, out of the way place, you’re dealing with wasps. Unlike bees that drink nectar and disperse pollen, most wasps prey on smaller insects instead, though they can also drink nectar on occasion, meaning the sugary smell of human foods can draw them in. Unfortunately, not only are wasps more aggressive, but they can also stink repeatedly without suffering any ill effects. This painful (and dangerous, for those who are allergic) combination means that a wasp infestation should be dealt with swiftly, and skillfully. Trying to remove a wasp nest without the proper training can go painfully wrong very quickly. If you see wasps on your property, speak with a pest control specialist about how they can help you safely exterminate the threat.
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