When you see a stinging insect fly by, it’s important to know which one you’re dealing with so you can get rid of them effectively and so you’ll know if they pose a threat to you. Animal Pest Management Services present a comparison of bees and wasps to help you know what you’re dealing with!
Common Types of Bees
The bee you most often see is the bumble bee. They are fat oval bees that are harmless for the most part and are great pollinators. Honeybees are also responsible for pollination and carpenter bees can drill through wood. The bee that is most dangerous is the Africanized killer bee because they will attack in swarms. This can be deadly for those that have an allergy to bee venom. Bees are furry and wasps are not. Bees use pollen to make honey that they will eat during the winter months and wasps are carnivores. Bees are golden in color and hornets are black and white or black and yellow.
Are Stinging Bees & Wasps Aggressive?
For the most part bees are not aggressive. They would much rather avoid you unless you bother them. Reason being that when a bee stings you, they will lose their stinger, their abdomen, digestive tract, muscles and nerves—death is inevitable. It’s also not beneficial to the hive to have one less bee. If you can leave bees alone, they will not bother you. On the other hand, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are aggressive and will not die after they sting you because they don’t lose their stinger. They can also attack unprovoked and in large swarms. This usually happens after their hive has been disturbed.
Wasp Nest in Tree & Around Home
Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets can range in size from 1/3 of an inch to larger than an inch. The problem with the nests of these stinging insects is that they are often created in the places we like to hang out, like eaves of roofs, gutters, trees, patios and shrubs. They will even build nests in attics. Yellow jackets will also nest underground in empty burrows of rodents. The simple act of mowing the lawn can lead to a deadly attack because they can sense the vibrations from a lawn mower from a distance and can attack in the thousands.
Bee Hive Relocation & Wasp Nest Removal
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, honeybee colonies add at least $15 billion to the value of the agriculture industry in the United States. Rather than killing an entire hive you can have it professionally relocated. If you discover that you’re dealing with wasps, hornets or yellow jackets it is very important to eliminate the threat they can pose to you and your family. They can even cause damage to your home if they create nests in your attic, between walls and on support beams. Call professionals to handle these pests.
Stinging Insect Control in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
All stinging pests can be dangerous to anyone that is allergic to their venom. If you suspect you have a problem with bees or wasps, the best thing you can do is call the professionals at Animal Pest Management Services We can handle any pest problem!