The Difference Between Wasps & Bees

It’s a lovely day, the sun is out and the birds and chirping away, your garden is in pristine condition and you go and check on the lavender that you’ve just planted. Near the beautiful plants you discover that there is a massive nest full of bees that continue to buzz around. Many people find it difficult to distinguish between bees and wasps, even though they may look very similar; the behavioural characteristics of the two are different.

Appearance wise, bees and wasps look almost identical, both are coloured with wings and dangly legs, however bees are wider creatures and also hairier.

Wasps are considered predators, and will eat fellow insects such as flies and caterpillars; wasps love beer and drinks that are high in sugar. Bees predominantly remain in areas that are heavily populated with flowers, as they sip on nectar and collect pollen.



Wasps tend to be more dangerous than bees, and are more easily provoked. Even though bees can still bit and use their poison stored in their stingers, if you try to brush wasps away, it will sting you immediately. Both species are incredibly protective of their territory, and if they sense any disturbance, they will all defend themselves together.



Honey bees are the only insects that produce food which is eaten by humans. Honey is made from the nectar that’s collected from trees and flowers, and is a food  used my millions of people around the world. Bees live in hives, and can hold up to 80,000 bees at a time. Bees are mostly at home in warm conditions, and thrive in areas containing orchards, gardens and woodlands.

Bees and wasps can be dangerous, and its important to eliminate the problem.

The Pesticide Issue

Have you often worried that perhaps you went a little too far with your spray or chemicals? Perhaps you just become frightened and wanted a quick solution. Or maybe you believe that pests are meant to be destroyed in the most effective way possible? Whatever your stance may be on this subject, it’s a debate that has people divided.  Do you use pesticide? Or are you someone who likes to look at natural solutions before administering a pesticide?

Definition of a Pesticide: A pesticide is a broad category that includes herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or rodenticides. All of these are the strongest means of getting rid of your relative problems.

However it is warned that using any of these unnecessarily or in the wrong amount,  it comes with certain dangers.  You could end up creating a worse problem, or nothing could happen at all. Exposing yourself to these substances without proper merit can be dangerous to your health. Not too mention the environmental damage they can cause.

Health Issues:

Depending on how the poison is ingested and how much, will determine the affects on your health. As a human you are at risk of being poisoned by the chemicals contained in the pesticides, and the severity will vary depending on toxicity. Most of the symptoms are quite normal of any type of poisoning, or even a virus, which makes it more impossible to tell whether it’s due to the pesticide. 

Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, headaches and dizziness. As you can see it’s not out of the ordinary, but if these symptoms are recurring then this will be a constant illness. Or in the worst cases you can experience lifelong memory issues, muscle soreness and chronic fatigue. All these have certified links with overusing or using pesticides.

All pesticides are ranked on their Toxicity level in order to help all users determine what sort of pesticides will be safe to use in your own environment.  If you have children or pets you will be looking for pesticides that won’t put these precious beings in danger.  What also helps in accordance with the toxicity level is the label warnings, you know the ones, : Keep out of reach of children, Caution, Poison, Dangerous Poison.

Should I not use pesticides then?

Well, it’s really up the individual. However it is safer to look at all options and get a thorough inspection of what exactly your pest problem is, before using something of a chemical nature. It’s not going to harm you if you use it in it’s intended manner, and with professional advice, or help.

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Bee or Wasp?

Often there are problems we don’t really think about unless they directly affect us.  If you’re walking down the street or wandering around the backyard you can encounter the occasional bee or wasp, have a minor irrational outbreak of stress, then move on. Bees are quite the common fear, and usually an irrational one, because in retrospect it’s rare to be stung.

However in the unlikely situation of being stung, that fear usually increases.  What is actually worse for the stress levels is when you find yourself with a worse problem than one bee or wasp, and that’s a whole nest of them. 

You always hear about nests, and may have stumbled across one out in the natural surrounds, but when it becomes an in- house problem, that’s when you start to wonder.  Most people will immediately call a pest control service, which is the common solution. However it’s handy to know a few things before making any decisions, if only for your own information.

What’s the difference between a bee and a wasp?

This question isn’t as silly as it sounds. It’s actually amazing how little people know about how to tell the difference, without jumping to the conclusion that one is bigger than the other.  Without going into every single species of bee and wasp, there are some small things you can look for to find your intruder.  It’s also very handy to know the difference between these  insects because if you get stung, medical attention can vary.

I’m a Bee because…

– Smaller

-Mild natured (unless provoked)

-I am hairy

– I have a more full figure body

-I enjoy the flowers and nature, I pollinate.

-I’ll likely die after I sting you

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I am a Wasp because…

– I am longer than my fellow Bee

-I often have a bad temper and am most likely to sting you

-I have leathery looking skin, with harsher black and yellow colours.

– I feed my babies fellow insects, I’m a carnivore.

-I’ll keep stinging after I sting you.


Hopefully these pictures can help you decifer whether your pest problem is one of the “bee” variety or the “wasp” category.  In terms of how to get rid of them, and whether you should, is quite a topical issue. 

Often people and professionals will advise you to leave the nest of bees, due to their usually docile manner and there pollination benefits.  Also, their nests are seasonal. Although this is still a personal choice, and if safety is a concern then it’s best to call a professional.  There is also the choice between killing the bees on removing them, or just having the nest moved.  Not all pest control companies will follow the same procedures. With wasps in most cases it is better to get the nest removed, due to their bad tempers and ability to stay strong after stinging. They pose much more risk to our safety.

In the end it’s probably better to talk to someone who knows how to inspect and judge the nest, as most people probably won’t be able to get past their fear of the thought.