My Pest Control Quick Tips
The common and major similarity among bees, wasps and hornets is these stinging pests raise the fear and worries of public encountering their presence, and particularly risking their health and safety should they get stung.
The question is, do these pests feed on the same thing? What dangers do they bring? What should public take note of?
There are 4 common bee species which are not necessary dangerous or harmful to us. For example, solitary bee rarely stings, or stings only when provoke like carpenter bees. Known as pollinators, bees are often found near plants or flowers for pollen or nectar feeding, extraction and distribution. Often confused between Honey Bee and Bumble Bee, the obvious outlook difference is the golden stripe found on a Bumble bee.
How to differentiate if these are bee species flying near you? Keep a look out for their furry body and flattened legs. Bees are usually considered both helpful and harmful. Did you know, besides harming humans, bees such as Carpenter Bees can also harm and damage wooden structures! Before these bees infestation manifest into a serious problem for your family or even colleagues, take early steps to identify potential bee infestation such as bee hives, presence of smooth round holes made on your structure. Always seek professional inspection and detection if you are unsure.
Here are simple tips to prevent potential sting risks:
Professional pest control that can implement bee control such as removal of bee hives are just a call away. You should never attempt to remove it on your own.
Further reading: All About Bees – 9 Essential Steps When Encountering Bees
Wasps and hornets on the other hand are more predatory and feed on insects. Slim and narrow in body structure with shiny appearance, they can be aggressive and may result in dangerous stings that cause allergic reaction or life threatening conditions. Known as a social-based wasp colony, wasps go through a reproduction process, starting from the queen building and producing her nest.
Besides outlook difference, wasps can sting repeatedly (this is because they do not have barbs) and they do not swarm around like bees. While wasps bear harmful risks to people, just like bees or lizards, they are beneficial to some extent, as they feed on flies, and help to keep the population down! Equip yourself with some wasp treatment tips if you get stung by them and more importantly stay calm as well as always seek proper medical attention to avoid placing yourself at life danger.
What about hornets? People often confused to distinguish between wasps and hornet. Here are some differences to clarify your confusion:
How do we tell if that is a wasps or hornet nest? What is the difference between hornet and bee hives?
Distinguishing these similar stinging insects can be challenging, especially for residents or employees who have little knowledge on these pests. Always seek professional help to detect and remove to avoid placing your family or colleagues at risks.