Wasps and Bees

Wasps are especially unwelcome guests in homes where there are children. Kids seem unable to resist venturing too close for comfort to these nests, and although to most of us, stings or bites are irritations, a swarm can easily put a kid in the hospital. And to someone who’s allergic to bee stings, unfriendly attention from just one bee can cause major problems. Keep your home free of these buzzing hazards.

Bees and wasps aren’t necessarily horrible when you come across them at a park or on a nature walk in Utah, but they’re definitely not something you want to have in your home!

Difference between bees and wasps

Although they’re both a nuisance, there are important differences between the two.

Wasps include both yellow jackets and hornets. Some live in a hive with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers, but many wasps live in solitary, with each female wasp living and breeding independently. This means that just because you’ve seen a few wasps buzzing around your yard, doesn’t mean that there’s an entire hive! We’ll want to come check it out to determine for sure what kind of wasps you’re seeing, but there’s hope that you don’t have an infestation.

Wasps are most likely to bug you during the late summer. If you respond aggressively, they are more likely to sting. If you leave them alone, they’ll generally leave you alone, which means you won’t get hurt and we can come get rid of the problem for you. Generally, a wasp sting is only painful, but not dangerous, except in rare cases of anaphylactic shock because of an allergy. A big difference between wasps and bees are that a wasp won’t die after stinging you, and they’ll live to sting another day.

Bees are still a nuisance if found in your yard, but they redeem themselves with their role as pollinators. Many bees also produce honey and beeswax. Since bees are endangered in the United States, you want to be especially careful when you come across what you think is a bee. A bee will only sting you if they feel especially threatened, because once they sting you, they’ll die.

If you discover a few more bees in your yard than you would normally expect, give us a call, so we can safely remove them(if there is indeed a hive) and rehome them, without harming them. There’s still the hazard of being stung, and just like with wasps, if you have an allergy, you could be in for a painful day, so please don’t try to touch a beehive by yourself!