Wasps and Bees

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Spring, summer and fall means sun, barbecues, and ice cream. Of course, that means bees and wasps season that could potentially put a damper on our plans. As bees and wasps fly nearer, the constant buzzing around can be extremely annoying and anxiety inducing! And, if you’ve ever been stung, you know the kind of unpleasant experience that can be.  

However, just because they’re both yellow doesn’t mean that bees and wasps are the same. Though there are over 25,000 species of each, and there are markers to help you differentiate between them, and for those of you that have family members with allergies, it is good to know which is which.

Differences between Bees and Wasps

The first tell-tale sign is their aggressiveness. Wasps tend to act more aggressively, as if they’re aggravated with you, whereas bees tend to float on the milder side of the spectrum. Bees would rather buzz around the flowers, soaking up the pollen, while it’s the wasp who will be wanting your lunch.

If you can get a close enough look, check out their physical characteristics. You can distinguish them by noting that wasps have slim, elongated bodies with a very narrow waist. Bees are more rotund and often have ‘hair’.

What Attracts Them

Because bees are looking to pollinate, they are attracted to sweet fragrances, such as perfumes. Interestingly, bees are also attracted to patterns and bright colours.

When it comes to wasps, however, since they’re predators, they’re attracted to protein-rich foods. This is why wasps are commonly found hovering around trash cans in early to mid-summer. Like the bee however, a wasp’s attention also turns to sweet smells and flowers in the later summer, as wasps search for nectar to eat.

Preventing Wasp Attacks

So, how do you prevent wasps from being a nuisance at your home?

One easy tactic is to ensure that you don’t keep any unwanted food outside or near your home. Whenever possible, use trash cans that have well-fitting lids.

You’ll also want to make sure that there are no dark and protected exteriors of your home that would be a good place for a wasp to build a nest. Such places might include inside your garden sheds, behind and under your eaves, and behind shutters. Sometimes, wasps actually build new nests on top of old nests, so if you think you have an old nest that’s empty, dispose of it as soon as possible to prevent such an occurrence.

AR Pest Control has are options available, and for safest and most effective option to rid your home or business of wasps. AR Pest Controlcan help you and your family enjoy your ice cream and beautiful flowers in peace.

For a free no obligation quotation call to speak to a AR Pest Control professional at 1-855-670-7378

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