Wasps vs. Bees: What’s the Difference?

Wasps, Bees, & Hornets

Many people are unaware of the major differences between bees and wasps and consider both of them equally formidable. This, however, is not the case. Despite looking similar in color and in physical characteristics these two insects are very different.

Bees
If the comparison of bees vs. wasps was likened to good vs. bad, bees would certainly fit into the “good” category. Bees are an essential part of the ecosystem, spreading pollen between different flowers and plants. Their fuzzy bodies allow them to gather pollen on their legs to bring from plant to plant. Bees tend to be docile and unless provoked, they will usually not sting you.

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Wasps
Wasps are much more aggressive  than  bees. Unlike bees, wasps don’t lose their stinger after stinging just once, allowing them to sting multiple times. When a wasp sees a threat to it or the nest, it will release pheromones that alert the colony, causing them to come out and attack the person who is threatening the wasp.

Even though wasps are black and yellow like bees, they have long and smooth bodies and legs. Because of their smooth bodies, wasps don’t spread pollen like bees do. If you ever encounter a wasp nest on or near your home, the best thing to do is to call a Toronto wasp control expert to remove the nest for you.

Social Wasps
Social wasps are wasps that stick together in groups, or colonies. Typically, social wasps produce paper pulp nests on the eaves of homes, on trees, in attics or in holes in the ground. The paper pulp to create their nests is gathered from weathered wood, softened by chewing the wood fibers and mixing it with saliva.

Solitary Wasps
In contrast, solitary wasps are generally parasitic or predatory and only a handful of species build nests at all, with most species’ preferring naturally occurring nests, such as small holes in wood.. Mud daubers and pollen wasps will build mud cell nests under the eaves of homes and on stucco walls and if not dealt with swiftly, their nests can leave marks on your siding, even after the nest is knocked down.

Read more: Dealing With A Wasp Nest Yourself

Getting Rid of Wasps Properly
It may seem like an easy task, but getting rid of wasps can be dangerous if not done properly. A pest control expert is trained to handle and remove wasp nests in a safe and effective manner. Here’s why it's a good idea to hire an expert:

Professional Products
Wasp exterminators have access to and are professionally trained to use a wide variety of pest control products that are usually not available to the public. These products are much more effective than DIY or over the counter products.

Safety Equipment
A wasp removal expert has access to specialized safety equipment, giving them full protection when removing a wasp nest.

Expert Knowledge
A pest control technician has expert knowledge on wasps and they know how to deal with the different species of wasps. They understand wasps’ behaviors and they know how to identify signs of an allergic reaction.

In the end, wasps are not something to be taken lightly, and if you are dealing with an infestation at your home or business, give GTA Toronto Pest Control a call.

Read more: The Way Of The Professional Wasp Exterminator

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