Category: Bees, Hornets & Wasps

The Difference between Wasps and Bees

Wasps and bees are all capable of stinging people, but there are some very noticeable differences between the two. Wasps can sting more than once, while bees will die after they sting because their stinger, which is attached to the poison sac, is barbed and remains in the skin, causing the bee... more
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Difference between Wasp and Bee Body Structures

One way to tell the difference between bees and hornets, yellow jackets and other wasps is appearance. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets have a slender body that narrows at the waist area. They look like they are shiny and have a smooth body surface. Bees on the other hand are "plumper" than wasps.... more
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Bug Tip Tuesday | Cold Weather Impact on Wasps and Bees

In the cooler fall months wasps will change their focus from insects and other protein sources to carbohydrates. If you have ever gone to your kid's soccer games in the autumn you have undoubtedly noticed yellow jackets flying about, landing on soda cans and in garbage receptacles. They are looking... more
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Find the Repellent that is Right for You

Use the search tool below to help you choose the repellent product that is right for you. You can specify : mosquitoes, ticks or both; protection time; active ingredient; or other product-specific information. Consider these factors when choosing a repellent: Do you need protection... more
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Yellow Jackets pheromone signals others

The pheromone signals other yellow jackets to attack and sting with extreme prejudice. Yellow jackets are capable of multiple stings but only to a limited extent. Contrary to common belief, they have barbs on their stingers and many will lose their stingers and be eviscerated in the process,... more
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Yellow Jacket behaviors

Yellow jackets share much behavior and ecology with their relatives the European hornet. Females usually spend the winter in protected locations outdoors and start new colonies in the spring. These colonies can be underground, within voids in walls or man-made structures such as sheds or old cars,... more
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Autumn Yellow Jackets

Autumn is the season that yellow jacket workers become quite aggressive. At the Labor Day picnic yellow jackets battle for hamburgers or barbecued chicken to feed the developing queens back at the hive. Yellow jackets also are common around sweets such as fallen fruit or open cans of soft drinks.... more
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How to Deal with Carpenter Bees | Bug Tip Tuesday

Fill Abandoned Holes: When carpenter bees emerge in spring and again in fall, fill holes with a bit of steel wool, a wad of aluminum foil, a dowel and wood glue, or even caulk. After filling the holes completely, paint over them. Treat Active Holes: If the holes are still active, you may... more
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Bee sting

Overview Bee stings are a common outdoor nuisance. In most cases, bee stings are just annoying, and home treatment is all that's necessary to ease the pain of bee stings. But if you're allergic to bee stings or you get stung numerous times, you may have a more-serious reaction that requires... more
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Bees are not native to North America

It seems to have originated in eastern tropical Africa and spread from there to Europe and eastwards into Asia to the Tien Shan range. It is variously called the European, western or common honey bee in different parts of the world. Although not native to North America, bees are found in every... more
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