Differences Between Bees and Wasps

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People from all around the country choose to maintain a residence in sunny Florida so that they may enjoy excellent weather all year long. Unfortunately, this state’s climate also makes it a haven for all sorts of nuisance pests, and those living in Jacksonville and the surrounding area often experience a problem with bees and wasps. Here at B&B Exterminating Company, we’ve been protecting area residents from bees and wasps since 1938, and we’ve put together some information to help you understand what you may be dealing with when it comes to these stinging insects.


Carpenter Bees: Much like the carpenter ant, this bee causes trouble for homeowners because it destroys wood. You’ll find them making their homes by tunneling deep into decks, doors, roof eaves, windowsills, and fences. Carpenter bees look a bit like bumble bees, but they can be beautifully colored in purplish blue, metallic blue, solid black or greenish black. They are solitary creatures that live alone, and they don’t normally sting even though they tend to act aggressively as a defense mechanism.

Honey Bees: Unlike the carpenter bee, honey bees won’t harm your wood and are definitely not solitary creatures. They build large hives, and thousands of individuals often live together in a single hive. You’ll know these bees by their plump bodies and bright yellow stripes, which are used as a warning to predators or those who might want to still their honey. These bees present a danger when they build their hive in a tree that is too close to your living space, and they will deliver a painful sting if they feel threatened. Each bee can only sting once, but even that can prove dangerous to sensitive persons.


Yellow Jackets: These wasps present the biggest problem in the area because they tend to be truly aggressive, and they’re generally the most dangerous of the stinging insects because they are capable of repeatedly stinging their victim as many times as they like. These slender, yellow and black insects live in colonies with thousands of other individuals, and each will vigorously defend their nesting area. You may find a colony nesting beneath your porch, at the base of any tree in your yard or outside in the upper corners of your home or other structures on your property.

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If bees or wasps have nested uncomfortably close to your property, then don’t hesitate to contact us here at B&B Exterminating Company. Give us a call at 904-515-4932 for a free estimate, and we’ll get right to work eliminating these stinging insects or any other nuisance pest that you may be dealing with.