Spot the Difference: Bees vs. Wasps

Don’t know how to differentiate between a bee and a wasp? No worries. Our trained professionals in termite treatment and pest control can help you out, so keep reading.

Though different species, bees and wasps belong to the same order of insects. Thus, an individual who does not have any idea about pest infestations may fail to differentiate between bees and wasps.

Certain species of bees and wasps look so strikingly similar that it is hard to tell the difference and yet, to detect a growing infestation in the house, you must be able to identify the right type of insect and recognize the signs of a bee or wasp infestation before it is too late.  

It’s time to play spot the difference! Let’s learn some of the major points of difference between bees and wasps.  

1. Build

Bees and wasps fall under the same suborder of insects known as Apocrita. Insects in this category have narrow waists. However, if you observe both these species closely, you will notice that bees have round abdomens while wasps are characterized by a cylindrical body.

2. Food

They may be similar in terms of their appearance but have differential food preferences. 

While bees are vegetarians in nature, wasps are predators who feed on other insects. While bees collect and drink nectar and water, Wasps feed on other flies and caterpillars. Wasps also drink nectar and are attracted to sweet-smelling sugary food and beverages that we consume. Honeybees produce royal jelly and edible wax. Wasps are also known to produce a certain kind of jelly-like substance but, unlike honey, the substance is not edible.

3. Emotion

Bees are known to be less aggressive than wasps. Bees don’t sting out of the blue. They sting either for self-defense or to protect their colonies however, wasps are easily triggered and use their sting to kill their targets and predators. However, they are not to be taken lightly and there are many dangers of bees swarming into your home

Unlike bees who die after stinging, wasps can sting smoothly, multiple times. Wasps are also more dangerous than bees. They release hormones to mark an individual so that they can attract the marked target later. In a one-on-one fight, it’s no contest. The wasp wins hands down. However, both bees and wasps are dangerous creatures.

4. Hierarchy

Honeybees are extremely social insects. They reside in colonies and more than 75,000 bees can live in a single colony. Bees can be classified into three groups: Workers, Drones, and Queen. The workers work to feed the queen bee and her offspring.  

Wasps live in colonies as well but they do reside in groups consisting of not more than 10,000 wasps. Bees are known to build honeycomb; a hexagonal structure made by beeswax. Honeycomb is the hub for bees to store water, honey, and pollen to feed their lavas. On the other hand, wasps do not build their nests the way honeybees do. They use wooden pulp and mud instead. Some of the wasps also live in solidarity.  

Whether you find a beehive or a wasp nest in your house, you must ask a pest control expert to perform an inspection and then decide how to eradicate them.  

If your residence is infested with bees or wasps, you must get rid of them before they get the best of you and your house. Call Termite Treatment Sydney. We are the best pest professionals to satisfy all your pest control needs. We perform a complete pest inspection if your home before applying the correct treatment. Dial (02) 8315 3205 today.

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