Wasps, Bees and Hornets: What’s the Difference?

Wasps, Bees and Hornets: What's the Difference?

Honey Bee’s

Honey bees are fuzzy, including the eyes. They have an elongated body, which is orange-brown, with black markings on the abdomen.

Treatment

It is ‘Best Practice’ not to kill Honey Bees and you are advised to contact the National Beekeepers Association for further advice.

Bumblebees

Often bumblebees are confused with honeybees, however there are some key differences. Bumblebees are larger, rounder and furrier than honeybees and have a coloured stripes across the end of their tails. There are 24 different types of bumblebees which can vary in size and colour.

Treatment

Bumblebees are important pollinators, with research suggesting that bees are responsible for pollinating 90% of our crops globally. Therefore please do not disturb the nest. Bumblebees only sting if they feel threatened, so should not be of any concern and will die out at the end of summer.

Solitary bees

Solitary bees make up the largest percent of the bee population, with 90% of bees being in the solitary category. They are smaller than bumblebees and they appear black/brown on their tail. Only female Solitary bees carry a sting, but will only sting on rare occasions when they feel threatened. Solitary bees fly alone and do not form swarms or protect their nests. Solitary bees create nests in hollow reeds or twigs, holes in wood, or, most commonly, in tunnels in the ground.

Treatment

Similar to Bumblebees, solitary bees are important pollinators and should be left alone. Solitary bees only sting if they feel threatened, so should not be of any concern and will die out at the end of summer.

Wasps

Wasps have smaller waists, with longer bodies and legs when compared to bees. Wasps also have more obvious bright yellow stripes. Wasps tend to be more aggressive in nature than bees and are known for their nasty stings and seemingly unprovoked attacks. Wasps nest tend to be paper like, with distinctive grooves in them.

Treatment

Due to wasps being more of a hindrance than a help! We advise removing wasp nests. Go-Pest will apply an insecticide near the entrance of the nest. The wasps then bring the chemical into the nest. After a couple of days the wasps will die from the dose of the pesticide. We will then remove the nest from your property.

Hornets

Similar to the wasp, Hornets have a thin waist between the thorax and the abdomen. However hornets are larger than wasps. Hornets also tend to be less aggressive than wasps but may sting you repeatedly to defend their nest against any threat. Hornet control is important if you have a problem with this stinging insect as their bites may be just as painful as a wasp sting.

Treatment

Similar to wasps, Go-Pest will apply an insecticide near the entrance of the nest. The Hornets then bring the chemical into the nest. After a couple of days the Hornets will die from the dose of the pesticide. We will then remove the nest from your property.

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