Bees VS Wasps in Caldwell, ID; Bee Hive & Wasp Nest Identification, Stings & More
The warmer weather brings buzzing pests around, but are they bees or wasps? Bees and wasps both sting so you don’t either one buzzing around!
Bee & Hive Identification
Bees have hairy bodies, round abdomens and flat wide legs. Bee hives are built in cavities that are well protected from the elements like hollow trees and voids in walls or attics. When bees are living in a colony, they will leave to collect nectar and pollen. A buzzing noise coming from the inside of a wall can indicate a honey bee infestation. You may also notice a wet spot on the wall. A honey bee infestation won’t cause much damage structurally, but an abandoned hive will cause the honey and wax comb to melt and can ruin insulation, drywall and siding. A bee nest will only have one point of entry and can survive for several years. Bees benefit the ecosystem because they are wonderful pollinators and collect and transport 80% of the pollen required by most fruits and veggies.
Wasp & Nest Identification
Wasps have smooth bodies, cylindrical abdomens and round waxy legs. Wasps don’t have wax-producing glands, so they create their nests out of a paper-like substance from pulp. Social wasps like hornets, yellow jackets and paper wasps build nests and form colonies. Solitary wasps like potter wasps and mud daubers live alone for the most part and do not build nests. They will construct mud cells in sheltered areas like on the sides of walls. Wasps benefit the ecosystem because they are great at natural pest control. They prey on flies, crickets, caterpillars and other insects that can kill crops.
How Long Do Bee & Wasp Stings Last
If you can get close enough you can get a pretty good idea of which one you’re dealing with but then you might get stung. Most stings aren’t dangerous but for 1 in 150 children and 3 in 100 adults, a sting can trigger a serious allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock. Bees can only sting once, lose their stinger and usually die afterwards. They sting a large amount of venom, typically about 50 micrograms. Wasps and hornets can sting multiple times and have venom that is more toxic. They keep their stinger and can inject 2 to 15 micrograms more than once. The effects of either sting are similar but chemically, the venoms are quite different. This means you can be allergic to one sting and not another. Symptoms include sharp stinging pain, bump and swelling, itching, redness and a numb feeling. When venoms are injected, they best thing you can do is cool and numb the wound to help with pain. Bee stingers should be removed because the venom sac will stay attached and can continue to deliver venom for some time. Severe allergic reaction symptoms include trouble breathing, hives that are red and itchy, swelling in the face, throat and mouth, wheezing and difficulty swallowing, rapid pulse and dizziness. If you suspect a severe allergic reaction, call 911 right away.