Almost everyone has seen bees and wasps flying around their yards and gardens. The appearance of several may indicate that a wasp nest or beehive is nearby. Although both insects can benefit your garden by spreading pollen or killing other pests, a large number of bees or wasps can become a serious problem.

Identifying Bees and Wasps

Bees vary in color and size by species, but most are about one-half to three-quarters of an inch long and are identified by their black and yellow stripes and hairy abdomens. A honeybee may have black and amber or brown stripes. Bumble bees are characteristically large and furry, while carpenter bees have black, shiny bodies without yellow stripes.

Not every yellow and black insect is a bee. Wasps are close relatives of bees, and some species share the bee’s characteristic stripes; this can make it difficult to distinguish between the two insects. However, noting differences in body structure can help. Wasps have two long, dangling rear legs that are visible when the insect is in flight. Wasps also have waists that are thinner than the rest of their bodies while the width of bees’ waists tend to match their bodies.

How Invading Bees and Wasps Affect Your Property

Wasps and bees can present a significant problem when they build hives or nests on your property. Besides frightening away guests, certain types of bees and wasps can cause significant damage. Carpenter bees and certain types of wasps eat wood; like termites, they can invade wood building materials and create tunnels that destroy the structure from within.

Health Dangers of Bees and Wasps

A single sting from a wasp or bee is painful, and if a large number of bees or wasps is accidentally disturbed, multiple bites can occur. The typical sting will hurt and cause a local skin reaction, but if the victim is allergic to the insect, he or she may also experience serious symptoms such as swelling, difficulty breathing, hives, dizziness and nausea. For people with severe bee and wasp allergies, death may occur without prompt treatment.

Let Hart Pest Control Handle Your Insect Problems

If you find wasps, bees or unidentified flying insects on your property, it’s time to call a professional. Hart Pest Control has been protecting home and business owners from dangerous insects since 1969. We’re a family owned business offering honest, reliable and affordable pest control service using the best methods and technology to end insect invasions quickly. We don’t require a contract to resolve your pest problem; we’ll work with you to find the best treatment plan for your individual needs and budget. Contact us today for all of your pest control needs.