As the summer months continue, the importance of bee and wasp control rises. The first factor to consider, though, is the difference between bees and wasps, because recognizing the difference is a crucial first step toward responding appropriately.
The most noticeable difference between bees and wasps is the physical appearance. Wasps are smooth, shiny, and cylindrical, with narrow waists; bees are round, fat, hairy, and have flat rear legs. The reason for the difference in body shape is directly related to their feeding habits: bees are pollinators, while wasps are predators (HowStuffWorks). Because of this, bees are less likely to seek you out and sting you, while wasps will go on the attack with little to no provocation.
Another way to tell the difference between bees and wasps is to examine their living quarters. Bees build geometric wax hives, while wasps build papery nests (Diffen). Although both can build nests in close proximity to people, wasps are more likely to build their nests either on or inside buildings, creating a direct threat.
Being able to tell the difference between a bee and a wasp is of some benefit, but being able to handle them in terms of pest control is another matter entirely. Since bee and wasp control is often difficult, not to mention dangerous, it's important not to take matters into your own hands. To do so could be to incite disaster for yourself and others.
Do not try to handle eliminating these nests yourself. Always consult with a professional service, trusting that the knowledge and expertise accumulated over many years of experience will ensure a safe and effective removal.