The Difference Between Bees And Wasps In Reno

5/30/2022

While bees and wasps in Reno have some similarities as they are both stinging insects, they are also different in many ways. A bee buzzing around a bright flower and making delicious honey can be a welcome sight, as long as you don’t get too close, but a wasp flying around is almost always scary. It is hard to identify the difference between bees and wasps at first, but this is a valuable skill to have.

This guide is here to help you learn more about both bees and wasps in the area and how to safely remove them from your property with stinging insect control tips.

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What Are Bees?

Bees are flying insects that are related to both wasps and ants. They play a crucial role in the environment as they pollinate plants. Most bee species don’t make honey, but the honey bee does. Many bees are social and live together in large nests, but some are solitary like the carpenter bee.

Bees are generally not aggressive and usually avoid people, but they aren’t entirely harmless as they have venom in their stinger. 

You can identify bees by their rounded bodies covered in fuzz. Most bees have yellow and black stripes, but others are primarily black or have other markings. 

What Are Wasps?

Wasps are similar to bees in many ways. They are also flying insects that have a stinger and pollinate plants. Most people don’t realize that wasps also play this role in the ecosystem. Wasps are usually more aggressive and more likely to defend their nests than bees. However, wasps don't make honey.

As far as appearance, wasps in Reno look different from bees. While certain wasp species, like yellow jackets, also have yellow and black stripes, others are all black or have red or orange markings. The other key difference in appearance is shape and texture. Wasps are much thinner and sleeker than bees and don’t have fur covering their bodies.

They Both Can Sting

Wasps and bees both pose health risks because they can inject venom when they sting, but you’re more likely to be stung by a wasp. Bees also have a barbed stinger which means they can only sting once. The honeybee will also die after stinging, but many other bees survive stinging you.

Wasps, on the other hand, usually sting repeatedly. Species like the yellow jacket can release a pheromone to alert others in their nest, so you could end up being stung by multiple individuals.

While not all bee and wasp stings will send you to the hospital, people with allergies to the venom should be extra careful, and everyone should avoid being stung if possible. The best way to protect your property from stinging insects is with Reno pest control services from Natura Pest Control.

Call A Professional To Remove Stinging Insects

Bee and wasp control plans address current infestations and the removal of these pests and prevent further problems. At Natura Pest Control, our technicians will assess your property and work with you to devise a treatment plan.

Not only can we institute a pest control treatment plan for your home and property, but we can also provide helpful prevention tips to deter wasps and bees. Contact us today at Natura Pest Control to schedule an inspection.

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