The Buzz on Identifying Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Bees2Have you been hearing the buzz of flying insects around your home? Perhaps you’ve spotted a nests, or have unfortunately fallen victim to a painful sting?

Flying, stinging insects are not just an annoyance – they can be downright dangerous, especially for people who are allergic to their stings.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between bees, wasps, hornets, and other flying bugs, but identifying them can provide information on their behavior and the level of threat they pose.

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees look a lot like the classic black and yellow fuzzy bumble bee, but have a bare and shiny abdomen. Unlike many other types of bees and wasps, carpenter bees don’t live in nests, but instead bore into wood to make homes. Because of this, carpenter bees can cause serious damage to property and wood structures.

Wasps are smoother and less hairy than bees, and are often brownish in color with yellow or red markings. Some common wasps make umbrella-shaped nests that hang from trees, porch ceilings, or railings. These wasps are usually not aggressive, unless their nest is disrupted. When they do sting, they can do so repeatedly, without losing their stinger.

Hornets tend to be mostly black, with white markings. They use chewed wood to make their large nests, which may hang from trees, overhangs or utility poles. Hornets will also act aggressively if their nest is disturbed, and have notoriously painful stings.

No matter what kind of stinging insect you think you have on your property, it is never wise to try and remove them without the help of a certified pest control professional. Attempting to remove or destroy nests can result in serious medical emergencies as bugs swarm to protect their home.

The experienced team at Pest Management, Inc. can help identify, assess and eliminate any carpenter bee, wasp & hornet control problems you might have.