When you have unwanted visitors in or immediately around your house or place of business, you should know who you’re dealing with exactly so that you can best tend to the problem. Here are the main differences to spot when dealing with bees, wasps and hornets.


Bees have what look like hairy, fuzzy bodies. They also have yellow and black stripes on their bodies. Pollen and nectar are the main sources of food for bees. Pollen is a fine powdery substance found in the head of flowers. Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid produced by plants.

There are two types of bees: a honeybee and a bumblebee. Honeybees are smaller in stature while bumblebees are very fuzzy and appear almost round in shape due to the amount of hair they have. Bees are creatures that are beneficial to humans and the ecosystem in general because they help pollinate plants. Do exercise caution when interacting with bees. Bees do in fact sting. They do die after they have stung a target.


Wasps are hairless flying creatures. Similar to bees, they have a black and yellow striped appearance on their bodies. They feed on other insects or decaying fruits and vegetables. They are scavengers at heart and will not contribute to pollinating plant life. They do sting if they or their nest feel threatened. Unlike bees, they do not die shortly after stinging a target.


Hornets are larger than wasps and have a black and white appearance to their bodies. Like wasps, they are scavengers that feed off of other smaller insects or decaying matter that they can find such as rotting fruit and vegetables in garbage. They also sting targets that they believe are threatening their safety.

All these three can set up nests on or around your home. These flying critters can be dangerous or even lethal to someone who is sensitive or allergic to wildlife. If you believe that you have a problem with any of these creatures impeding on your home space, contact ABC Exterminating to speak with a licensed professional.

From there, we can visit your space and assess what is best for you and how to move toward a pest free life.

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