Signs of a Bee Infestation
- Swarms of bees around your property
- Dark-coloured patches on ceilings and walls
Bees and wasps are two insects you don’t want to mess with. Their sting hurts and can lead to an allergic reaction. On top of that, it isn’t enjoyable to hear the buzzing all the time, especially during the warm season in Australia. Sometimes, the situation can get out of hand, and you can find yourself under a swarm’s attack. But how can you tell if you have an infestation? And how do you tell the difference between bees and wasps? Read on to find out!
The first notable difference between the two insects is their body type. Bees’ bodies look robust and fat and have a brown and yellow colour. They have thick legs and lots of fuzzy hairs, which help them collect pollen easier. On the other hand, wasps are smooth and shiny and have a defined black-and-yellow stripe on their bodies. Their waists and legs are narrow, which makes them better hunters.
Another difference between bees and wasps is their diet. Bees feed solely on the nectar they suck from flowers. This also makes them relatively peaceful because they don’t have to engage in any conflict to acquire food. However, wasps aren’t satisfied with nectar and hunt for protein-based materials to feed their larvae. That makes them more aggressive and prone to attack humans or their food.
Beehives often have a waxy, honeycomb look. Different types of bees build their hives in different places. Examples of good hive locations are wooden structures like the wall of your backyard shack or a larger crack around your attic.
On the other hand, wasp hives look like they’re made of paper because wasps chew wood pieces and use their saliva to bind them together when building their nest. These hives are usually under house eaves, alongside windows or near fixtures and patios.