Wasps can put a sting into summer and fall…. and that can mean major problems if you have wasp & bee allergies!
So how are they different from bees? And what can you do to combat wasps? Is there any hope?
We’ve compiled a handy list of tips and tricks to teach you about wasps (and how to deal).
Obvious even at a quick glance, bees have robust, hairy bodies with flat rear legs, while wasps’ bodies are slender with a narrow waist connecting the thorax and abdomen. The main reason for these differences are due to variation in feeding habits: Bees are pollinators, spending much of their lives visiting various plants and flowers to gather and distribute pollen. They also feed nectar and pollen to their developing young. Their hairy bodies and flat legs are ideal for holding on to the pollen as they carry it from one area to another. Wasps, on the other hand, are predators. Though they may occasionally feed on nectar or pollen, they most often feed insects, arthropods, flies and even caterpillars to their young. Their bodies are sleeker and more streamlined for hunting.
BONUS: The Smithsonian has a concise video demonstrating the BIGGEST difference between wasps and bees. You can watch it below!
So what is the buzz, anyway? Here are some quickfire tips & tricks to keep you safe and informed while dealing with wasps:
So what do you think? Did you learn something new? Have more questions about wasps or other stinging insects? Drop us a line and let us know!