Bees, Hornets and Wasps are three common types of Stinging insects you come across often in your yards in warmer months.
Bees are hairy, fuzzy, flying insects that have yellow and black stripes; two common types of bees are Honey Bee and Bumble Bee. Both of them feed on nectar and help in pollination.
Hornets and wasps are not hairy. Hornets have white and black stripes and wasps have yellow and black stripes. Hornets are also larger than wasps so they are easily distinguishable. They feed on other small insects mainly.
A Bee can only sting once and they die after stinging but hornets and wasps can sting multiples times and do not die after stinging.
Bees, hornets and wasps like to have nests in cooler areas with shade and can often be in areas like trees, patio or porch close to where humans travel.
If the nest looks waxy then it can be identified as a beehive, if he nest has smooth walls and shaped like a football it can be identified as a Hornet nest and if the nests have open hexagonal cells shaped like an umbrella it can be identified as wasp nest.
Most stinging insects try to protect their nest and sting if they are disturbed. The queen can have about 20000 offspring’s every year and are active till the first frost.
Cleaning your patio and porch areas regularly and keeping food source away is a good way to prevent stinging insects from building a nest.
If you already notice nests, its best not to disturb them and use a insecticide like PT WASP FREEZE II Aerosol which is a easy to use spray specially formulated to knock down stinging insects.
As stinging insects live in colonies you may get stung multiple times, these stings can cause pain, swelling, itching, and allergies. Sometimes stings can even cause a medical emergency that may lead to death.
It is always advised to steer clear from the nest without disturbing them and use professional pest control products like PT WASP FREEZE II Aerosol to knock them down or call for professional help to treat them.