Which Bees Sting And Which Don’t – Know Your Bees!

Hammer and Mop shares how important is it to identify the species of stinging insect, whether it is a bee, or a wasp, before taking pest control measures.

The simple presence of a bee can send alarm bells ringing. A bee sting can be pretty painful and it is better to avoid one while you can. But, before choosing a pest control method of removing a colony of bees, it is important to identify the species of stinging insect, whether it is a bee, or a wasp. Let’s dive into the categories of bees buzzing around us.  Know your bees!

Bumble Bee

Hammer and Mop shares how important is it to identify the species of stinging insect, whether it is a bee, or a wasp, before taking pest control measures.

These are the bees that mind their own business. They are aggressive only when threatened. The bumble bee prefers to nest in loose, fluffy materials and occasionally underground. Generally you will find bumblebees on flowers, in the nest, and travelling between the two. Bumblebees are larger than honeybees, and more hairy than wasps. Bumblebees rarely sting. The chance of being stung by a bumblebee can be reduced by avoiding provoking them or making them aggressive.

Carpenter Bee

Hammer and Mop shares how important is it to identify the species of stinging insect, whether it is a bee, or a wasp, before taking pest control measures.

These oval-shaped Carpenter Bees burrow into surface leaving perfect three-eights inch holes. They are solitary, and rarely damage structural beams. However, individual nests can multiply, eventually destroying the surrounding surface wood. The male carpenter bees do not sting, but they usually make property owners mistakenly interpret protecting their territory for aggression and the possibility of stinging. The female is capable of stinging, but seldom does so unless she is provoked or handled.

Honey Bee

Hammer and Mop shares how important is it to identify the species of stinging insect, whether it is a bee, or a wasp, before taking pest control measures.These are the less aggressive ones, and highly beneficial. Their hives are organized by a caste system – the queen bee, the drones or male bees and the worker bees. the worker bees and the queen bee in a honey bee hive are able to sting. Their nests are heavy, and produce thousands of workers. These are the only species where relocation of your home is the only preferred and safe method possible. These are the ones who use the collected nectar to create our favorite sweet treat – honey!

Wasps

Hammer and Mop shares how important is it to identify the species of stinging insect, whether it is a bee, or a wasp, before taking pest control measures.

Wasps are similar to bees, but are the most aggressive ones. They are easily agitated. Long and thin, a wasp’s legs hang when in flight. They frequently colonize attics and cars, and have a really painful sting. Wasps are distinguishable from bees by their pointed lower abdomens and the narrow ‘waist’, called a petiole.

They come in every color imaginable, from the familiar yellow to brown, metallic blue, and bright red. Generally, the brighter colored species are in the Vespidae, or stinging wasp, family.

Get rid of them – Pest Control

A bee- hive can be extremely problematic and it must be removed with extreme caution. In the event that a colony of bees has taken up residence in your home, yard, or vehicle, there are steps you can take to get rid of them. At Mr Homecare, we know how to restore your neighborhood to safety by getting rid of that nasty hive, using effective and environmental friendly pest control methods of hive removal.

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