Understanding the Differences between Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

AWST | Posted on July 1, 2014

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The summer season has arrived, and the warmer months may bring increased numbers of stinging insects to the Long Island area. If you are concerned about stinging insects around your home, it is important to be able to identify the most commonly found species. Bees, wasps, and hornets are all members of the Hymenoptera family, and each insect delivers its own distinctive and painful sting. Read on to learn what separates these stinging pests.

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Bees

Bees are among the most commonly found stinging insects in the backyard. Bees are characterized by their fuzzy bodies and buzzing sound. Bees help to pollinate flowering plants, and they collect pollen as they fly. If you are stung by a bee, it is important to remove the stinger right away to avoid continued exposure to the venom.

Wasps

Wasps are highly feared insects, and these stinging pests can be notoriously difficult to control. Unlike bees, wasps may live on a predatory diet of smaller insects. In addition, wasps are often more aggressive than bees, and deliver a more painful sting. You can identify a wasp by its long, slick body.

Hornets

Hornets are members of the wasp family. These aggressive insects can sting a person more than one time. If you notice a hornet nest in your yard, it is important to contact a local pest extermination company right away. By leaving your pest control to the professionals, you can help avoid getting stung.

If you notice stinging insects in or around your home, contact your Long Island pest control expert as soon as possible. The sooner you contact a skilled pest exterminator, the lower your risk of being stung by a bee, wasp, or hornet. Building a good rapport with your pest control provider can help you keep your home pest free.

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