04 June 2018: Self help advice: bees, hornets and wasps

Bees, hornets and wasps

Wasps, bees, hornets and hover flies are all quite similar and extremely beneficial insects. You can identify them easily just by looking at them. You can see their distinguishable features below if you’re unsure before you call.

  • Honey bees are darker in colour, hairier and have a narrow waist
  • Bumblebees are large in size, also darker in colour and hairy
  • Wasps are bright yellow and black, less hairy and also have a narrow waist
  • Hornets look like wasps but they are darker in colour
  • Hover flies are smaller, have one pair of wings and are bright yellow and black

Wasps, bees and hornets can sting (though they are extremely unlikely to do so), while the hoverfly can’t and they all have two pairs of wings apart from the hover fly. Bees help us by pollinating crops and wasps, hornets and hoverflies are great for their destruction of various other pests.

  • We don’t treat hoverflies, they are purely beneficial insects and not classed as pests
  • We would never kill honey bees except in exceptional circumstances but would look to relocate instead
  • We don’t kill bumblebees unless they are the tree bumblebees (ginger body and white tail) and nesting in a building
  • We do kill wasps. We apply insecticidal dust to nests and they will generally die off within 48 hours of treatment. The treated nests are left in situ and not removed by us