Wasps are beneficial insects, although they are generally considered to be pests because of their ability to sting. Wasps, in particular, can become a problem in summer when they may disrupt many outdoor activities. People often mistakenly call all stinging insects “bees”. While both social wasps and bees live in colonies ruled by queens and maintained by workers, they look and behave differently. It is important to distinguish between these insects because different methods may be necessary to control them if they become a nuisance.
Bees are usually not normally a concern for humans as they are often only seen in dispersed numbers throughout the garden. However when congregating (when building a hive/nest or alike) they can be considered a nuisance and cause a sometimes serious sting (which can become fatal if a serious allergic reaction occurs).
Bees and Wasps often setup nests, hives or swarms in the cavities of the structures, this can require costly repairs if left for long periods of time. A bee hive or swarm that is full of honey which can cause considerable damage to your home. A wasp nest in a cavity of your home can eat at the plaster, if you see bubbling in your walls or ceilings don’t poke at it, you may get a nasty surprise.
Identifying Bees and Wasps
European Wasps are predominantly black on their front half with yellow markings and predominantly yellow on their back half with black stripes and black dots down each side of the abdomen. They can nest in various cavities, walls and ceilings, compost bins, ,trees or in the ground.
A dull shade of yellow or a golden brown colour with black stripes around their body and black legs. Bees often nest in trees or wall cavities and can nest in compost bins and cavities such as old suitcases.
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