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Our hornet and wasp exterminators will use the most safe and effective methods to rid your home of flying insects for good. If you require bee control, wasp control, or hornet control, we can help.

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Bee Identification

Size: 11 to 25 mm long.

Colour: Yellow and/or black.

Description: Flying insects known for their role in pollination and producing honey.

Order/Family: Hymenoptera/Apidae.

Scientific Name: Anthophila.

Hornet Identification

Size: 12 to 30 mm long.

Colour: Black, white, yellow, reddish-brown.

Description: Flying insects that are specific types of wasps. However, they’re usually larger than wasps with a head, thorax, abdomen and wings.

Order/Family: Hymenoptera/Vespidae.

Scientific Name: Vespa.

Wasp Identification

Size: 13 to 40 mm long.

Colour: Yellow, black, white, reddish (different wasp species have different markings).

Description: Flying insects that have a head, a hairless abdomen, thorax, a thin waist, three pairs of legs and wings.

Order/Family: Hymenoptera/Vespidae.

Scientific Name: Vespula maculate (Linnaeus) and Polistes spp.

Did You Know?

A wasp’s sting typically wears off in 24 hours. For some people however, the sting causes anaphylactic shock that can be fatal.

Bees, Wasps and Hornets Biology

Most flying insects’ activity is limited to a few months in the year. Canadian bees are active from April to September while hornets and wasps are also active from April to September.

Bees will rarely sting you, as it often kills them. They pose the least threat of the three to you or your family. However, wasps and hornets can get quite aggressive and can both bite and sting you. If you have a wasp or hornet nest on your property, you’ll want effective hornet and wasp control.

Some people may have serious allergies to bees, wasps, or hornets. For people who aren’t allergic, the sting/bite still hurts quite a bit and can cause swelling, redness and tenderness.

Bees, Wasps and Hornets - Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Bees: There are many different type of bees in Canada, from honey bees to carpenter bees to bumble bees. Some species of bees live in nests called hives and follow a caste system with a queen bee ruling her hive. Other species live alone and nest in the ground or in holes. Bees eat pollen and nectar collected from flowers and drink water.

Hornets: The easiest way to tell the difference between a wasp and a hornet is their size. Hornets are usually larger and carry a more painful sting. They will build their nests in the ground or other concealed sites and have three distinct body parts – a head, thorax and abdomen.

Wasps: Similar to bees, different species of wasps live in different homes and nest differently. Wasps don’t have little hairs like bees, and they have three distinct body parts like hornets. Yellow Jacket Wasps build their nests in the ground usually, under shrubs or rock piles, whereas Paper Wasps build nests that can hang from trees, roofs or playground equipment.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Bees, Wasps and Hornets?

Wasp and hornet nests can be large and their inhabitants volatile. Therefore, it is recommended to contact a professional pest control company when combatting flying insects. If you need hornet, bee and wasp removal, we can help.

Our technicians understand the importance of bees, wasps and hornets, as well as the dangers they cause in and around your property. Rest assured, we use special insecticidal dust and aerosols to neutralize hives and environmentally-friendly insecticides to make underground wasp nests uninhabitable. 

Since bee populations are in danger, we often recommend customers contact local beekeepers to safely rehome bees and their bee hives. However, in cases where bee hives are located in an area that poses a danger to human safety, especially in cases of allergies, we are able to control the threat and safely remove bees from your property. 

Terminix Canada has the treatments you need for effective residential or commercial bee and wasp removal, as well as hornet removal. Additionally, our experts know how to remove a bee hive safely and effectively.

To help keep bees, wasps and hornets away from your home or business, you should:

  • Ensuring that all entry points are sealed, including any cracks, windows or doors.
  • Making sure all garbage bins and other areas containing food waste are sealed tightly.
  • Keeping all food outside closed with tight fitting lids.
  • Immediately cleaning up any spills or crumbs to reduce all available food sources.
  • Discard old nests to deter new bees, wasps or hornets – but only when it is safe to do so.
  • Reduce future nesting sites by trimming brushes and vegetation back.

Terminix Canada Hornet and Wasp Exterminators Can Help You

Our hornet and wasp exterminators will use the most safe and effective methods to rid your home of flying insects for good. When you need bee and wasp removal, make Terminix Canada your first call.

Frequently Asked Hornet, Bee And Wasp Control Questions

Most flying insects’ activity is limited to a few months in the year. Canadian bees are active from April to September while hornets and wasps are also active from April to September. 

Bees will rarely sting you, as it often kills them. They pose the least threat of the three to you or your family. However, wasps and hornets can get quite aggressive and can both bite and sting you.

Some people may have serious allergies to bees, wasps, or hornets, and can suffer from an anaphylactic reaction if stung. For people who aren’t allergic, the sting/bite still hurts quite a bit and can cause swelling, redness and tenderness.

If you spot a nest, it can be very tempting to try and remove it yourself. However, trying to learn how to remove a bee hive or a wasp nest will often end up resulting in serious injury. When the nest is disturbed, it can often result in these insects swarming you and biting or stinging you repeatedly, which can be very painful and overwhelming for your body to handle.

Bees feed on flowers so if you have a lush garden in your backyard, you’re going to attract bees to make their home there.

Wasps primarily feed on nectar and fruit juices from plants. However, many of the wasps that humans encounter are carnivores that scavenge for their food. This is why you’ll often be bothered by wasps when enjoying food outside. They tend to prey on other insects, which is why some people enjoy having them in the backyard as they’ll feed on pests eating your garden. Spotting one or two wasps in your backyard isn’t a cause for concern. When they begin to nest in your backyard or home, that’s when you have a problem.

Hornets are similar to wasps in their feeding habits, primarily feeding on fruit juices and nectar. They also enjoy sweet liquids like pop. Their young ones feed on larvae carrion, prepared meat and soft-bodied insects.

There are more than 800 species of bees and more than 500 species of wasps living in Canada. There are many species of hornets in Canada including European Hornets, Western Hornets, Common Hornets, Norwegian Hornets, Northern Aerial Hornets, and Bald-faced Hornets.

Make sure that all entry points to your home are sealed, including any cracks, windows or doors to prevent them from entering your home or building a nest in your home.  

Make sure all garbage bins and other areas containing food waste are sealed tightly. Keep all food outside closed with tight fitting lids, clean up spills or crumbs immediately and reduce all available food sources.  

If you spot an old nest that is no longer in use, make sure to discard of it as not to give new wasps any ideas. Reduce future nesting sites by trimming brushes and vegetation back.  

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