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Wasps vs. Bees: Which is Pestering Your Home?

Wasps and bees are often mistaken for one another. Both insects fly, buzz, and make complex hives in which their colonies live. However, there are some important differences between the two that can help you identify which kind of invader you have near your home or business. In both cases, you may need to call an exterminator to provide pest control measures, as these insects can become a nuisance or even a danger. In the Vancouver, Langley, Victoria, and lower mainland BC areas, Pest Detective is available to help.

How are Wasps and Bees Different?

Knowing what kind of infestation you have is the first step toward knowing what pest control measures you need. Important differences between wasps and bees include:

• Appearance. Although both are small, winged insects, bees tend to appear rounder and hairier. Wasps, on the other hand, are slenderer and have a smoother appearance.
• Behaviour. Bees get their food largely from pollen so are usually seen travelling from flower to flower. Wasps, on the other hand, are predators, which means that they’re usually considered slightly more aggressive and eat other insects to survive.
• Sting. When bees sting, their stinger is ripped off in the process and the bee will quickly die from the experience. Wasps keep their stinger and live to sting again.

Both wasps and bees inject venom into their victims when they sting. This means that both can trigger allergic reactions in humans and they should both be approached with caution.

What Should I do if I See a Nest Near My Home or Business?
Another way to identify what kind of infestation you have is by examining the nest you’ve found one in your yard. Many species of bee make their nest out of little cells made from a wax-like substance. Wasps, on the other hand, construct their nests out of a smoother material that resembles paper and is made of pulp the wasps have chewed and held together with their own saliva. Depending on the species of wasp or bee, these nests can take a variety of different shapes.

Both kinds of insects prefer to construct their homes in well-protected areas near sources of food. Chimneys, holes in trees, and other dark and secluded areas are great spots for them. Some species even make nests underground and enter and exit through small holes in the ground. The best way to prevent them from setting up shop in your yard is to keep your home clean and remove food sources. Similarly, you should seal any holes in the trees in your yard so they don’t have a good place to create a hive.

If you do find yourself with a bee or wasp problem, the best way to deal with it is to contact an exterminator to undertake pest control measures. In the Vancouver, Langley, Victoria, and lower mainland BC areas, Pest Detective is available to help. Contact us today if you’d like to safely remove a wasp or bee nest.