The are hundreds of different varieties of bees, wasps, and hornets all over the world. In Australia, only a few types are considered to be real pests, not all of which actually sting.
Bees, like the honey bee, are very important to the eco-system. Bees are usually golden brown or dull yellow in colour and their bodies feature black stripes. They also have black legs. They are the biggest pollinator of plants, while wasps play a smaller role in plant pollination. However, the stings of bees and wasps are extremely painful. For bees, they will only use their stingers when provoked and as a last resort. On the other hand, wasps, in particular, the European wasp is more aggressive. The front part of European wasps is mainly black with yellow markings, and their backs are mostly yellow with black stripes and dots on the side of the abdomen. They tend to nest in cavities, ceilings, walls, trees, compost bins or even in the ground. Unlike bees, wasps are able to sting multiple times.
Where do bees and wasps live?
Bees are found on plants, in trees, wall cavities, compost bins and other areas with cavities. Wasps are more widespread, found almost everywhere. They can be found in soil, on the ground, inside fruit (because of their penchant for consuming sweet foods), in their mud or paper nests, and around the home.
When are bees and wasps most active?
Bees are most active during the day. Bees have actually been observed to sleep in groups during the night. Wasps are active at any time of the day, with some species only active before the sun rises.
Why are wasps pests?
Not all wasps are pests, like the Parasitic wasp. However, the European wasp is an aggressive creature and the number one pest cause of hospitalisations in Australia. Those with allergies to wasps face the biggest risk, as mentioned before, the European wasp is able to sting multiple times.
Do I need professional bee or wasp help?
Please note that bees play a very active and important part of our ecosystem. Flick Anticimex ensures that whenever it is possible, bees will be safely removed from your property. Our technicians know to work according to environmental standards when removing bees. It is important to gain an understanding of the habits, appearance and life cycle of these insects in order to determine the most appropriate type of bee or wasp control for your situation. To learn more about our wasp and other flying insect control solutions, please click here.
In summer, bees sometimes drink from the water bowls of pets. This can be prevented by positioning a shallow tray filled with water and floating corks on a level that’s above the pet bowl, and in the line of flight of the bees. The corks enable the bees to safely land, so they will tend to be more attracted to the tray than the water bowl. This helps your pet to avoid the risk of being stung by a bee in their bowl.
Be careful about leaving soft drink cans open, particularly in the summer, as sugar-laden liquids attract wasps and can result in someone’s throat or mouth getting stung, with devastating consequences which might even include respiratory obstruction.
If you spot a bee or wasp nest, do not approach it, as the insects are much more likely to behave aggressively when trying to defend their home. The best and most effective form of wasp or bee removal is by calling your trusted Flick Anticimex team to safely remove the nest from your premises.
Wasps frequently build mud shells in walls in the shade in the summer months. If you see this, let them complete their construction of this housing for larvae. Wait a few days until the wasp has left and then remove the shell from the wall with a scraping tool and dispose of it.
If you have any questions about pest control services for bees and wasps, give us a ring at 13 14 40 or get in touch using our contact form.