Bees tend to be more short and blunt in shape while wasps are longer and thinner. The bumble bee is often confused with the honey bee. The bumblebee looks different than the streamlined honeybee, who dashes about everywhere. Even the bumble bee’s body shape is different. The bumble is round and furry. There are actually three kinds of bumble bees, the large Queen, the smaller imperfectly formed female worker bee and the tiny male or drone bee. Only the Queen and the worker bees have a stinger. Unlike the Honey bee, Bumble bees do not lose their stinger and die if they use it.
They tend to make paper-like nests in the corners of eves, near roof lines, under decks and playground equipment. Some nests are enclosed while others are left exposed to where you can see the “comb” or eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. Paper wasps tend to be very aggressive and are well known to sting a person or animal that gets too close for comfort. They build new nests every year and by the end of the warm season their number can range in the hundreds. Control of these wasps can be achieved by many different methods. We use liquids, aerosol sprays, dusts, fog and GREEN products to control them. We also have preventative programs to stop a problem from developing…these wasp programs work well with homes/businesses that have a problem year after year. Bees and wasps tend to favor the warmer side of buildings, or the sunny south side. This may be why you notice new nests located right next to an old nest. If you are allergic to bee or wasp stings then keep in mind that we also have stinging ants here in Connecticut. Ants are in the same classification as of wasps and venom in their sting can cause the same type of reaction as if it was from a bee or wasp. Think GREEN Pest Control has control plans that will prevent and control stinging wasps and ants.