Biting and Stinging Pests


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Bees can get into the house by crawling into spaces less than half their size. Too bad it isn't as easy to rid yourself of the bees as it is for them to get in. They can squeeze in burrow themselves and create nests inside walls, and insecticides and professional exterminators can get expensive and messy very quickly. Before starting the process be sure you know what type of bees you are dealing with, different bees can and will react differently.

Wasp and bees are considered pests because of their ability to sting. Wasps, in particular, can become a problem in autumn when they may disrupt many outdoor activities. People often mistakenly call all stinging insects "bees". While both 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.
Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist; appear smoothed-skinned and shiny. Yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps are the most common types of wasps.
Bees are hefty-bodied and very hairy compared too wasps and Bees are important pollinators.
Both wasp and Bee colonies die in the fall with only the newly produced queens surviving the winter. The new queens leave their nests during late summer and mate with males. The queens then seek out overwintering sites, such as under loose bark, in rotted logs, under siding or tile, and in other small crevices and spaces, where they become dormant.

Wasps sting repeatedly, but bees sting only once because bees have a barbed stinger that remains in the victim's skin. When the bee moves or is brushed away, the stinger is pulled from the bee's body along with the venom sac, which continues to pump venom into the victim. The bee dies after this one sting.