It is the time of year that Viking Pest Control begin receiving calls about bees and wasps. As the weather gets warmer, the heightened activity of bees and wasps can often be a cause of concern if their nest is in or close to your home. Both bees and wasps can become aggressive if they feel threatened and even more so if they feel their nest is under threat.
Places like lofts, roof voids and wall cavities are popular nest locations in the home. In the garden, the perfect locations could be sheds, underground in old rodent nests or holes in trees. It is in these places that both species can come into conflict with humans; as the warmer weather approaches, it is natural for us to start tidying the garden ready for use during the summer months. However, it is in cutting back bushes and trees that people are in danger of disturbing potential sites for a colony of bees or wasps and are often stung.
These social insects can often be confused with each other. Especially the Honeybee (Apis mellifera) and Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris). Below are some differences to look out for when determining if you have a bee or wasp problem.
Body & Legs
- Bees bodies appear to be fuzzy or fluffy with thick hairy legs.
- Wasps have bodies and legs with a smooth, waxy appearance.
- Bumble bees (of which we have 24 species in the UK) are round in shape and more easily distinguishable, whilst the honeybee is more cylindrical much like the wasp.
- Wasps are typically more aggressive than bees.
- Wasps will sting to kill their prey and are easily provoked with the ability to can multiple times due to their smooth stinger. If a wasp feels threatened or is harmed in some way, it will release a pheromone to signal to other wasps to attack.
- Bees will only use their stinger for defence only.
Honeybees for example, die after stinging due to their stingers being barbed and so get stuck in the attacker (or person!) they have stung.
- Wasp nests are a paper structure, usually grey or straw coloured and typically round, ball like in shape although will grow to the shape of the cavity/space they occupy.
- Honeybee hives/nests in an open space are usually shaped similarly to a bag and are typically larger that a wasp nest, made of wax as opposed to paper and will contain the characteristic honeycomb structure we are all familiar with. The size of the structure is often linked to the size of the colony typically around 30,000+ bees.
- Even though Honeybee hives/nests are bigger than wasps, if left untreated, wasp nests can expand to the size of a beachball and will contain up to 5,000 wasps.
- Bumblebee nests are generally smaller in size than both the above species and will grow to the size of a dinner plate and look like individual waxy cocoons grouped together.
When determining if you have a wasp or bee problem, it is good practice to look at the nest size/type and the aggressiveness of the insect. Never attempt to remove or treat a nest yourself, Bee and Wasp species can both be dangerous and if you are unfortunate enough to be stung multiple times, the consequences can be very serious.
If in doubt as to which species you may have, best practice is to call Viking Pest Control or if safe to do so you can forward any pictures or videos to Viking Pest Control via WhatsApp (07788172859) or Email (email@example.com) to identify the species and we will recommend the best course of action.
Viking Pest Control have all of the knowledge, tools and equipment to be able to treat or remove the nest safely and efficiently.
Viking Pest Control are trained specialists in the safe use and control of pesticides and will only use products in a way that is safe for you, your family, pets, and the environment. All of our work comes with a guarantee and treatment report for your peace of mind. Viking Pest Control have over 15 years’ experience in wildlife management and conservation, we are also members of the Beverley Beekeeper Association and will only recommend the course of action that is necessary to alleviate your pest problem.
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