Bee or Wasp? – The Differences explained by Avon Pest Control

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A Bee and wasp eating honey side by side

You have seen some insects flying around your home and are wondering whether they are bees. Or could they possibly be wasps? Many people, especially those who didn’t grow up in the countryside, do not know the difference between bees and wasps. As a home owner it is important to distinguish between the two. Not only will you know what kind of damage they can cause. You will also know whether you should call in the assistance of bee pest control exterminator or whether you should be talking to a company that does wasp pest control.

Here are some of the main differences between bees and wasps which can help you decide.

The Shape

bee pest control - bee on flowerBees and wasps are shaped rather differently. The easiest way to identify a wasp is by its waist. It is a lot slimmer than a bee’s. Because of this, their upper body, or thorax, tends to appear rather pronounced. Bees have a fat middle and look a little more uniform from end to end. Because of their thin waists wasps tend to be a lot faster than bees – if the insects that are flying around your home are doing so at supersonic speeds you are most likely looking at wasps.


Bees and wasps are rather different when it comes to colour and here is why. Bees have little hairs on them that collect pollen every time they settle on a flower. This makes them look a fuzzy yellow. Wasps, on the other hand, are black, white or grey.

What They Do

If you have an infestation of bees in your home the first place that you will see them is on the flowers in your yard and near any other sources of sugar such as fruit trees and close to your garbage. The main purpose of bees is pollination, so in this sense they are helpful and shouldn’t be killed – they are usually relocated to a place where they don’t pose any danger. Wasps, on the other hand, are mainly predatory, and they survive by eating other smaller insects. They can be helpful in large farms, but in a residential setting they tend to do more harm than good. If your home is plagued by wasps you should call in an expert to deal with the infestation.

The sting

You may have heard that a bee can only sting you once – this is because after its stings you it dies. A wasp, on the other hand, can sting you multiple times. If, therefore, one of the insects flying around your home stings you more than once you are dealing with wasps and you need to get rid of them as soon as possible. A bee’s venom is typically stronger than a wasp’s, but wasps tend to swarm faster than bees and therefore can sting a lot more than bees.¬s ;

If there is someone with allergies to bees or wasps it is important to deal with the problem as soon as you notice it.

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Bees and wasps both have nests but they are rather different in appearance. Bees wasps tend to have lots of bees at all times – they harvest pollen and water and bring it back so as to make honey, while if you look at a wasp’s nest it will look rather dry, and it will be filled with eggs and half-ready wasps. Be careful – both bees and wasps are very protective of their nests and they swarm and attack if they sense a disturbance.

What is the best way to deal with either bees or wasps?

It depends – you may need to talk to bee pest control or wasp pest control depending on the particular insect that is in your home. It is important to take steps right away – if you let their numbers grow not only do they damage wooden structures, they can also lead to horrible accidents.

A company like Avon Pest Control can help you deal with both bees and wasps effectively – they have the right equipment and expertise for the job. Find out how to contact them on

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