Pest Management News From PPM - September, 2016

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What Are The Differences Between Honey Bees & European Wasps?

Spring is here and most of us are looking forward to spending some more time outside, but while we’re all enjoying being out in the open air no one will enjoy being stung by a honey bee or European wasp. For some of us, however, that painful sting can actually be life-threatening so it is sometimes very important to know the difference between the two.

What Are The Physical Differences?

While the two have similar colouring, being both yellow and black, there are many physical differences between the two.

Bees are of a thicker, stockier build and are covered in small hairs while wasps are longer and thinner. Bee legs are black while the wasp’s legs are yellow. Wasp antenna are also longer and thicker than the common honey bee.

Behavioural Differences

The way the two insects behave is also an important factor. Bees prefer to collect pollen from flowers so they are most often than not spotted around flowering plants or patches of clover on the ground. Typically if you see a yellow insect hovering around a flower it will be a bee and not a wasp.

Wasps are predatory, feeding off flies, caterpillars or spider prey. They do enjoy sugary drinks, however, so it is not uncommon to see them hovering around your beer or soft drink.

While it is quite easy to step on a bee and be stung when walking around barefoot, wasps are considered more dangerous because even a single individual can be provoked into attacking humans. It is best not to swat at a passing wasp as you do not want to anger it.

A Little Bit of Bee Trivia



Did you know that the honey bee is the only insect in the world that produces a food source for humans?

If you have a serious wasp infestation please do not hesitate to call PPM. Our trained professionals will handle the problem for you quickly and effectively.