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Know the Differences Between Bees and Wasps

Many people aren’t familiar with the characteristics that differentiate bees from wasps. When encountering one, your gut reaction tells you to jump up, run away or swat at the insect flying around your head and buzzing in your ears. However, knowing the type of pest circling your head is extremely important in determining how you should react. The most important things to do are to remain calm and stay safe when you encounter a bee or wasp.

Natural Characteristics

Both honey bees and wasps are capable of stinging you, however wasps are naturally more aggressive. Honey bees tend to sting only when provoked. Honey bees also die after stinging their victim once, while wasps can sting you multiple times. You should not provoke any type of bee, particularly wasps. Another dangerous possibility that accompanies being stung is the potential of an allergic reaction. Stings can be life threatening, so you should always take measures to avoid them whenever possible. You should also keep in mind that wasps eat fruit, nectar and honey, so exposed food can attract some uninvited guests at picnics and other outdoor events. The honey bee, however, only eats pollen and nectar from flowers and is less of a safety risk where food is concerned.

Physical Characteristics

Wasps and honey bees belong to the same order of insects, but have different body structures. Honey bees are hairy, while wasps usually have shiny and smooth skin. Wasps are narrow at the waist, while the honey bee has a more consistent shape, without narrowing in the middle. Honey bees have flat, wide legs while wasps have round and waxy legs. Honey bee legs are not typically visible during flight, but the legs of wasps are. Finally, the stinger on a honey bee is barbed while the stinger of a wasp is smooth. If you can discern that a honey bee is near you, then you can take some relief in knowing that it is less likely to sting you without provocation.

Process of Extermination

Many homeowners attempt to handle the removal of bees and wasps on their own. This can be dangerous and ineffective, depending on the process they are using. Extermination is best handled by professionals who know the intricacies of locating the colony and efficiently removing it. Utilizing experienced, state licensed technicians enables you to resolve your pest control needs safely and greatly reduce the risk of a re-infestation. Contact A-Academy Termite and Pest Control today for more information. You’ll sleep more soundly knowing that the entire colony is eradicated and your loved ones are safe.

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