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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.

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.

Terminix Canada has the treatments you need for effective residential or commercial wasp removal and hornet removal. Since bee populations are in danger, for bee removal and beehive removal, we refer customers to their local beekeeper to help remove beehives in a safe and humane way.

To help deter bees, wasps and hornets from your home or business, there are several preventative tactics you can adopt too. These tactics include:

  • 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.

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