Pest of the Month: Waps and Bees
28 Jul 2015
We’ve all done the dance of the bees. Whether you’re out swimming, camping, or barbequing, when a bee flies by you’re dancing around to avoid being stung. This threat of being stung is the main reasons why we’re naming bees and wasps the ‘Pest of the Month.’
Wasps vs. Bees
While both have threatening stingers, bees and wasps have many differences. Wasps are narrow-waisted, have four wings, have shiny and smooth skin, are yellow and black and are naturally predatory. Honeybees are hairy, are all black or black and yellow or orange, measure up to 2.5 cm long and will only sting when provoked. Perhaps the biggest difference is that wasps sting multiple times while honeybees die after one sting and the stinger stays in the skin.
If stung by a bee, use tweezers or a credit card to remove the stinger. With any sting, clean the area with soap and water before taking measures to control the swelling. Icing the area or using a baking soda and water paste will help with the stinging and swelling as will an antihistamine like Benadryl.
As you spend more time outdoors this summer, you’ll want to be able to recognize these insects’ nests. Wasp nests are big rounded combs made of papery material that hangs under a deck or from trees. Bees build their nests out of wax cells that stack on top of each other called honeycombs. They hide their nests in holes, tree cavities or small crevices in a building.
Be careful of wasps if you have open sources of food. They are attracted to sweet foods and drinks like soda, fruit juices and fruit. It is wise to wear shoes when walking by a fruit tree as to not step on a preying wasp’s stinger. Keep all drink and food containers properly sealed. Bees on the other hand, eat the pollen and nectar they pull from flowers so be aware while doing anything in or near a garden.
Both wasps and bees need a water source so if there are standing water puddles on your deck, sidewalk or anywhere else, be aware these may act as a water source to any nearby nests.
What to Do
The best line of defense for these critters is to call professionals to have your property sprayed. This will allow for time spent out in the yard with out the threat of a bee sting. For more information on the best treatment method for your home call Bull’s Eye Pest Control. Murrieta 951-461-8889, Rancho Cucamonga 909-481-2847