Bees and wasps, despite being both flying insects that sting, are vastly dissimilar. Most people are scared of a honeybee sting when in fact wasps can be a lot more aggressive and can sting more often than bees can. Honey bees, on the other hand, seldom sting because they die after stinging and it’s used as a last resort for a defense.
When you have an infestation of any of these two insects in your garden or a nest that is growing larger and larger every other day, you need to know what you’re dealing with to get rid of them. Whatever you do though, don’t act without the help of a professional because these insects can really cause a lot of pain.
Bees are characteristically fat and round in shape with tiny hairs on their bodies. The classic honey bee is yellow and black in color and their eyes are large and multiple. Other species of bees can be of different colors ranging from black to blue and green. Bee colonies or hives are quite similar to a wasps’ with the same polygonal compartments. The major difference is that a beehive is usually more organized and yellower in color than the paper like, dull color of a wasp’s nest.
Wasps are thin insects that are usually either yellow or black in color. Unlike bees, they don’t have hairs on their bodies either.
Lifestyle and Habitat
The major difference between bees and wasps is their nutrition. Wasps, being predators, are attracted to meat. Bees on the other hand are drawn to the nectar of a flower and act as important pollinators. If you have a flowery garden, a few honey bees around won’t do much harm to you and will be good for the plantation.
Wasps are also easily triggered. If you try to shoo them away, they might attack you in retaliation. Bees, on the other hand, are more passive insects and do not sting until they actually feel threatened.
If you are experiencing a pest infestation like what we've mentioned above, please give All Star Pest Solutions a call today. We are your local pest control company serving Albany & the surrounding Capital Region.