What Are Bees and Wasps? - Accel Pest & Termite Control

What Are Bees and Wasps?

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Bees and wasps are stinging insects that are crucial in pollination and natural pest control. However, as important as these pests may be to the ecosystem, that doesn’t mean they should be welcome in your home. In addition to stress and painful stings, bees and wasps can cause serious or even life-threatening conditions in people with allergies to their venom. It’s best to stay on the safe side when it comes to the risks wasps and bees pose to your family, so pick Accel—a pest control brand you can trust.

How To Identify Bees and Wasps

Bees and wasps can appear similar from a distance, but they each possess unique characteristics that set them apart. Bees typically have a more robust, hairy appearance and are crucial pollinators. They live in large colonies, are highly social, and prefer not to sting humans unless in imminent danger.

On the other hand, wasps often have a sleeker body and are more predatory. Unlike bees, wasps will not hesitate to sting when provoked. Furthermore, wasps and hornets can sting multiple times on the same target, increasing the risk of injury.

Why Do I Have Bees and Wasps Near My Home?

Their behavior may be different along with their appetites, but bees and wasps are drawn to your home in search of food. Bees are attracted to flowering plants and areas with abundant nectar, while wasps are drawn to protein sources, including other insects and food remnants.

While bees are generally docile unless provoked, wasps can be more aggressive, especially in defense of their nests. It’s for these reasons we recommend you leave wasp and bee control in the hands of our capable professionals. 

Bee and Wasp Prevention Tips

Preventing issues with bees and wasps requires minimizing attractive conditions. Keep garbage cans sealed, cover food when dining outdoors, and avoid leaving sugary drinks open. Planting bee-friendly flowers away from high-traffic areas can help redirect bees’ attention, but wasps are not as easily persuaded.

If you already have a wasp nest or beehive on your property, please exercise caution and avoid DIY elimination methods. Small nests can be removed with over-the-counter sprays, but if it doesn’t work the first time, you may put yourself at unnecessary risk. 

Bee and Wasp Control With Accel Pest and Termite Control

When faced with a bee or wasp issue, professional intervention is the safest approach. Accel Pest and Termite Control specializes in targeted services to manage and relocate bee colonies when possible and eliminate wasp nests. Our experts are equipped with the necessary protective gear and knowledge to handle these stinging insects effectively, so you don’t have to. With our QualityPro Accreditation, you can be sure you’re receiving the highest standard in pest control treatments.

Call or contact us online to schedule an appointment today to address all your bee and wasp concerns in Southeast Virginia and Northeast Ohio with Accel Pest and Termite Control.