Bees are social insects and are divided into three castes. Most people see the 'workers', but seldom the much larger 'queen' bees. Males are known as 'drones' and all bees have a characteristic tongue like device that helps them reach the nectar in flowers.
Bees differ from wasps in providing pollen and honey for their young, while wasps collect insect larvae, meat scraps and even fish to feed their offspring. This diet means wasps are responsible for a lot of biological control of insect pests like caterpillars.
Bees and wasps are most active in the warmer summer months, the time when humans can suffer from stings. Bee stings are annoying and painful for most, while a small percentage are severely allergic to bee stings to the point of being life threatening. Wasps are generally more aggressive when disturbed with a multiple stinging behaviour that is of greater concern. Unlike bees, the wasp sting can be withdrawn from the victim.
Did you know?
- Bees make honey to feed their young and so they have something to eat during the winter.
- Bees see all colours except the colour red.
- Most wasps live less than one year and some only live for a few months. Queens sometimes live for several years.
Apex Pest Solutions can neutralize the nest and knock down any present bees and wasps. Please note there may still be bees or wasps hanging around the nest for a few days after treatment but will leave when they realize their queen is dead.