Understanding the Dangers of Bees and Wasps

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Have you noticed some buzzing or a nest around your property? If you suspect that bees or wasps are setting up home in your garden or around your house, it’s important to understand exactly what type of pest you’re dealing with. From painful and unprovoked wasp stings to curious pets becoming stung by bees, learn more about the dangers of wasps and bees and how to deal with them effectively.

Bumblebees and Honeybees

Although they may look similar, the bumblebee and the honeybee – the two most common species – do differ in behaviour and function. Bumblebees are round and fuzzy while honeybees are smaller and slimmer and are sometimes mistaken as wasps. Honeybees can live in hives with tens and thousands of other bees, but bumblebees tend to live with only up to a few hundred bees. A honeybee dies after a single sting while a bumblebee can sting multiple times when provoked.

One of the biggest risks of bees in your yard is bee stings. Responsible for pain, swelling and itching, a single bee sting can be extremely harmful. If you have a swarm of bees, multiple bee stings can cause serious damage and discomfort. If someone in your household has a bee allergy, or you have small children who may potentially have an allergy, bee stings can become even more serious. Bee stings can bring pain and swelling plus nausea, vomiting, fainting and sometimes even an anaphylactic response requiring emergency medical attention.

Beehives can be hard to avoid when they’re located close to your home. As bees can become aggressive if they feel threatened, kids, visitors and pets may stray too close and cause bees to react.

Wasps

Although similar in appearance to honeybees, wasps are significantly more aggressive. Wasps have smooth and shiny skin compared to the hairiness of honeybees. Considered to be a more dangerous and hazardous pest, wasp colonies contain thousands of wasps with each wasp being able to sting multiple times.

Aggressive and territorial, wasps use their long stinger to attack. They may also sting if they become disturbed during pollination or scavenging. More frightening and painful than bees, wasps can attack in large packs – which amplifies the danger, severity and pain of their stings. If someone in your household has an allergy, they may develop an allergic reaction that, similar to a bee allergy, requires an immediate medical response.

Management and Elimination of Bees and Wasps

Think you might have wasps or bees on your property? Chat with the pest management experts at The Pest Guys. Working throughout Perth, we specialise in the careful removal and elimination of wasp and bee nests to restore safety and comfort. Helping you to avoid infestations, our professionals provide pest management packages and strategies to keep your home free from bees, wasps and other common pests.

Find out more about getting rid of bees and wasps on your property. Contact us on (08) 6201 2013.