Bee, Wasp or Hornet?

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BED BUGS, CLUSTER FLIES, COCKROACHES
FLEAS, HORNETS, LADYBIRDS, MOTHS, WASPS
GLIS GLIS, MICE, RATS, SQUIRRELS, FOXES, MINK
MOLES, PIGEONS & RABBITS.

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BEE, WASP OR HORNET? – HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE

Pest Control Hertfordshire

BEE, WASP & HORNET IDENTIFICATION

N-PEST | PEST CONTROL HERTFORDSHIRE

We get a lot of calls during the summer where people are not sure if what they have seen are wasps, bees or hornets. There are also times where people feel certain they know which it is, but later on after inspection it turns out to be another.

To help you identify if you have seen wasps, bees or hornets we have put together some ways of telling them apart. This not only helps you to work out what they are, but also allows us to give you the proper advice and information when you call or email us.

BUMBLEBEEHONEYBEEWASPHORNET
DescriptionBlack with some yellow, also round and fluffy.Black, dark brown and fluffy.Bright yellow and black with little or no hair.Red-ish brown, black and yellow with little or no hair.
BehaviourWell natured, doesn’t swarmWell natured, swarms in spring/summerAggressive natured, doesn’t swarmAggressive when provoked, doesn’t swarm
Colony Size50-1002,000-50,0003000-7000200-400
FoodNectar from flowersNectar from flowersInsects, sugary drinks & food wasteInsects
Nest PreferenceCavity walls, air bricks, bird boxesCavity walls, chimneys, roofs, hollow treesLofts, sheds, roof spaces, wall cavities, hollow trees, chimneys, bird boxes, air bricks.Tree trunks, lofts, wall cavities, sheds

COMMON SPECIES

  • WASPS

    The most common species of wasp found in Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK are the Common Wasp (Vespula Vulgaris) and the German Wasp (Vespula germanica).

  • HORNETS

    The European Hornet (Vespa Crabro) can be found throughout Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK. It is a large wasp, with the queen as big as 25 to 50 mm (1-2 inches).

  • BEES

    There are a lot of different species of Bees in the UK, the species you are most likely to come across are Bumblebees, Honeybees & Mason bees.