Difference between wasps and bees

Many people report sightings of wasps (particularly early season April/May) when they are actually honey bees or solitary bees (mortar and mining bees). Bees are often confused with wasps because they have a similar shape. However, wasps have distinct yellow/black bands around the abdomen whereas bees have a more non-descript, light brown/browny-yellow colour.

Honey Bee

Honey bees are social insects and live in a nest which may contain several thousand workers. Unlike wasps and bumble bees, the honey bees nest survives for many years.

Although honey bees are capable of stinging, they are generally not aggressive and will not sting unless provoked.

Bumble Bee

Bumble bees also have black and yellow markings but are distinctive by their size and shape.

Bees should preferably, be left alone as they are very beneficial insects, pollenating flowers and crops. We do not generally treat for bees unless they are in a location that could be dangerous to the residents or the public.

If you are suffering from a bee swarm, then a beekeeper can be requested to remove it, if it is in an accessible location. Please note, that this is a voluntary service for which the beekeeper may require a contribution towards their travelling costs. Call us for details of local bee keepers.

If you are unsure as to whether you have a wasps or bees, then give us a call and we will assist in identifying and arrange a treatment.