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Are Yellow Jackets Bees or Wasps?

Are Yellow Jackets Bees or Wasps?
Are Yellow Jackets Bees or Wasps?

During the summer months, Monmouth County NJ pest control companies deal with yellow jackets and other stinging pests. Although you might hear yellow jackets referred to as bees, they’re actually not. These pests are a type of wasp.

Yellow Jacket Identification

Do you have honeybees or yellow jackets in your yard? You can tell yellow jackets by their yellow and black coloring and their smooth appearance. These pests don’t have the hairy legs and abdomen that honeybees have. Some yellow jackets also have more of a white and black coloring instead of yellow white, which also sets them apart from bees.

Yellow Jacket Behavior

Yellow jackets are known for stinging multiple times, which bees can’t do. Honeybees lose their stinger after stinging once, causing them to die. Yellow jackets don’t lose their stinger, so they’re able to sting repeatedly. They tend to attack if they feel threatened or if you get too close to their nest. Despite the threat they pose to people, especially those who are allergic, they also do some good. Yellow jackets get rid of several insect pests that are found in NJ.

If you have a problem with yellow jackets or bees this summer, Allison Pest Control is here to help. As one of the top Monmouth County NJ pest control companies, we’ll make sure you and your family are safe from these stinging insects.

What Bit You, a Bee or a Wasp? How to Tell

The Brad Pitt Wasp
What Bit You, a Bee or a Wasp? How to Tell

You’re out in your yard doing a little gardening or maybe taking a walk in the park or hiking a trail and you get stung. Was it a wasp or a bee that took offense at your being in their territory, or did you intrude into their private space? Either way, inquiring minds want to know.

About Bees

The most noticeable feature you can use to differentiate bees and wasps is their body structure. Bees have a thick waist while wasps have a much thinner, constricted waist.

Some bee species live in large well-ordered communities, some are solitary travelers, while others live in small communes without any organized system. Their main job is feeding on plant nectar and pollination. Bees don’t usually sting unless provoked or if their nest is threatened. Their stinger and its attached sac are planted inside the stung area where it releases venom until the sac is empty.

There are several types of bees found in the USA:

  • Carpenter Bee
  • Bumble Bee
  • Halictid (Sweat) Bee
  • Ground Bee

About Wasps

Unlike bees, wasps are notorious for repeatedly stinging victims without any provocation, which for some can be life-threatening. Below is a short list of the more than 100,000 wasp species.

  • Yellow Jackets
  • Hornets
  • Paper Wasps
  • Bald-Faced Hornet
  • Cicada Killer Wasp

When stinging pests take a bite out of you, it’s time to call in the professionals at Allison Pest Control.

Is It a Bee or a Wasp?

What Is It?
What Is It?

When something buzzes past your ear, it’s hard to tell if it’s a bee or a wasp. Even if you get a good look, you may not be able to tell the difference. Many bee and wasp species are amazingly similar in size and color.

When Monmouth County home or business owners call with complaints about bees or wasps, it usually takes an inspection by one of our knowledgeable bee and wasp removal experts to determine which stinging insect is causing the problem. However, if you can safely get a good look at the pest, try using these clues to determine whether it’s a bee or wasp:

  • Bees have a fuzzy appearance. Their bodies are covered with short, dense hairs. Wasps have smooth, hairless bodies which gives them a sleeker appearance.
  • Bees have thick waists. Wasps have the same pinched-waist as their ancient ant cousins.
  • Bees feed on plant nectar and gather pollen so are usually seen in gardens. Wasps are predators that feed on other insects, carrion and sweets. Wasps, particularly yellow jackets, are often seen buzzing around trash cans in parks.
  • Many, but not all, bees have barbed stingers and can sting only once. After hooking its stinger into its victim, the bee’s body is torn apart when he flies away and the insect dies. All wasps, on the other hand, have straight stingers which allows them to sting multiple times. This ability is what makes wasps, especially aggressive species like yellow jackets and hornets, such a dangerous threat to humans.

Removing a bee or wasp nest is a job for professionals. Call Allison Pest Control for fast, safe, effective bee and wasp removal.

We Love Honey Bees, the Helpful Bee

Delightful Honey Bees
Delightful Honey Bees

Honey Bees are in crisis. This beneficial insect, which pollinates the flowers that color our gardens and most of the agricultural crops we eat, has been under attack in recent years. Honey bee populations across the U.S. have been decimated by disease, pesticides, parasites, habitat loss and severe weather. For the past eight years commercial beekeepers have been losing a third of their bees each year.

Interesting Honey Bee Facts

  • Honey Bees will forage two miles from their hive.
  • When bees return to their hives, they share directions to new food sources by performing a “waggle dance” for their hive mates.
  • Honey bees have a keen sense of smell which they use to differentiate the best flowers for nectar and pollen gathering. But bees also use scent to identify hive mates. Each bee colony has its own unique scent.
  • Honey bees have five eyes. The two large eyes on the sides of their head are used for primary sight, but bees also have three simple eyes in the center of their head that serve as navigational aids during flight.
  • Bees are color blind and cannot see red. Their sight is limited to the blue-green spectrum, although they can see some yellows and oranges. However, bees can see ultraviolet light which they use to find nectar and pollen.

As beneficial as honey bees are, a hive on your Monmouth County property poses a serious stinging risk. If you find a hive on your property, call Allison Pest Control’s bee removal experts. Honey bees are protected under federal law and cannot be exterminated, but we can arrange for safe bee relocation and hive removal by a qualified beekeeper.

Beware of Dive Bombing Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bee Control
Carpenter Bee Control

More buzz than sting, carpenter bees sound more ferocious than they are; but they can still do plenty of damage to your Monmouth County, New Jersey home. Often confused with bumble bees because of their similar size and coloring, carpenter bees are named for their unique ability to tunnel through wood.

Unique Tunneling Behavior

Unlike most bees, carpenter bees are solitary insects, living in mating pairs rather than social hives. These bees are most active in May and June when females tunnel into wood to lay their eggs. After excavating a long tunnel, females create brood cells, dividing eggs with partitions created from chewed wood. Each brood cell is provisioned with nectar to feed the growing grubs which will chew their way out of the nesting tunnel and emerge once their achieve adulthood. Watch this video to see inside a nesting tunnel.

Watch Out for Kamikaze Bees

When carpenter bees attack Ocean County, NJ homes, they announce their presence with a loud drill-like buzzing. Circular, 1/2-inch diameter holes mark entries to nesting tunnels. Stingerless males can be quite aggressive, dive bombing anyone who comes near the nest site. While the males can’t hurt you, their forceful attacks can cause people and pets to panic. Females do sting but are usually docile unless directly attacked.

Tunneling Creates Building Damage

Carpenter bees prefer dry, soft woods such as cedar, cypress, fir, pine and redwood and may tunnel into wooden porches, siding, deck rails, fascia, sheds and outdoor furniture. Because carpenter bees tend to stay close to their nests and frequently reuse nesting tunnels, failure to eliminate a carpenter bee problem can lead to serious damage over time as tunnels are extended and successive generations inhabit the same area.

For expert carpenter bee extermination NJ, call Allison Pest Control today.