Many people suffer from a phobia of flying, stinging insects. When they see something yellow and black, they might be filled with terror. Some types of flying pests, like yellow jackets and wasps, have the potential to injure people and behave aggressively. However, honey bees and bumblebees can sometimes be more beneficial for your neighborhood than damaging. We can give you a quick overview of how to identify different types of insects and whether you should contact a professional in bee and wasp control for your situation.
Differences in Types of Insects
Some of the main differences between wasps (yellow jackets are a species of wasp) and bees have to do with body shape. Bumblebees are easy to identify. They have large, round bodies and a fuzzy appearance. Honey bees are also fuzzy, but are oblong and can be a softer brown color (depending on type). Wasps, one of the most aggressive types of flying insects, have two legs that dangle behind the insect when they fly. They might be brownish yellow and black in color, but are distinctive in that they have triangular heads and pointed backsides. Yellow jackets are usually brighter yellow.
Why the Differences Matter
All flying insects can be a nuisance, and you might want to call us at Sterling Pest Control for bee and wasp control to deal with the pests. However, if you are seeing more honey bees or bumblebees, rather than wasps, you might only need to call us if the beehive is close to your property. Bees usually die after they sting, so they are less likely to make the sacrifice. As frightening as they might appear, most stings are from wasps, as they can sting lots of times before injuring themselves and are generally territorial. We recommend identifying the species or getting a consult from us concerning bee and wasp control to see what your options are.