The words ‘bee’ and ‘wasp’ are often used interchangeably. After all, they both look very similar to each other, they both build hives, and they both cause excruciating pain when they sting. However, there are many notable differences between the two insects, from the shape of their bodies to the benefits they offer to the environment. Here are some of the biggest differences between bees and wasps and how you can tell them apart.
Bees are rounder in shape and have a wide abdomen and thorax. Their bodies and legs are covered in small hairs, and their legs are wide and flat. Bees create nests in out-of-the-way areas that are protected from the elements and can be found in trees, attics, under decks, inside walls and any other small, secluded cavities they can reach.
Bees are responsible for most of the pollination needed for the fruits and vegetables we eat every day, and their hives usually don’t cause any structural damage to buildings. However, when the bees in a hive move out in search of a new home, the honey and wax they leave behind can melt and erode insulation, siding and drywall. That, plus the fact that they can give you a nasty sting, means that you shouldn’t let them use your house as a place to call home.
When you see something yellow and scary darting right past your line of sight, you may not be able to tell whether or not it was a wasp or a bee. However, on closer inspection, you’ll be able to see clear distinctions between them. Wasps are slenderer than bees, and while bees have round midsections, wasps have an extremely thin and cylindrical abdomen and thorax. Wasps are also different in that they don’t produce wax. Therefore, their hives are made of a papery, wooden pulp they produce from trees and sticks.
Like bees, wasps serve a purpose, but not because they pollinate plants and flowers. Wasps are predatory creatures that hunt caterpillars, flies, crickets and other crops eating insects, protecting our food supply from destructive pests. Generally, wasps are not a great threat to our health. However, if they’re making a hive right outside your front door, you should get it removed for your own safety, as wasps can be quite aggressive.
Bees and wasps each serve an ecological purpose on the planet. However, these creatures do their best work in farms and woodlands, not in our backyards. If you see a bee or wasp hive dangerously close to where you live, don’t hesitate to have it removed by professionals. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today.