SIGNS OF BEES, WASPS, AND HORNETS

Signs of Bee Hive

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees look just like bumblebees except that their abdomens are shiny and smooth. Carpenter bees are frequently seen buzzing around unpainted buildings and boards. The oval-shaped insects will bore into wood to lay their eggs. To identify an infestation, routinely check wooden areas of your home for round, smooth holes.

If left untreated, carpenter bees can potentially inflict severe damage to your home by drilling too many holes potentially making the building structure unstable. They are solitary bees, so they do not live in colonies and will rarely sting humans.

Honey Bees

Honey bees can be in various yellow, black, brown or orange shades, and their bodies are covered with light-coloured hair.

Honey bees will swarm to form new colonies when the colony gets too large for hive space or new queens are produced. However, honey bees are not particularly aggressive except when the nest is disturbed.

Bumble Bees

Bumblebees physically resemble carpenter bees, except that bumblebees have hairy abdomens. In addition, bumblebees do not make tunnels in wood but rather nest underground or cavities, such as abandoned rat burrows.

In general, bumblebees are seldom problematic, except when the nests are established in a location where it is highly likely to conflict with people or pets.

wasp nestSigns of Wasp Nests

If you are experiencing high numbers of wasps (yellow jackets) in your home or garden, there is likely to be a nest nearby, either on your property, in your garden or very close by. It is best to treat a nest earlier before numbers increase and the wasps become more aggressive. This will help reduce the threat of a wasp sting, which can be very painful and even cause an allergic reaction. Also, you will need to keep away from the nest.

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