Wasps—Not to be confused with the infamous Africanized Killer Bee—are defined under the Order of Hymenoptera (like bees) and Suborder of Apocrita (unlike bees). To the uninformed, a wasp is easily considered a bee. However, wasps are much different with only a few similarities to honeybees.
Here are some similar characteristics with distinct differences for the two buzzing insects. A wasp and bee both live in a nest with hexagonal cells, but a wasp nest is primarily made of paper pulp and a honeybee’s is of wax. Wasps have no wax producing glands.
Similarly, both insects have stingers and venom but bees will lose its stinger because of the barb. Wasps have barbs but they are smaller so a wasp can easily retract its stinger after an attack.
Another difference is hair. Wasps are less hairy than a bee and have a hard exoskeleton.
But one similar trait that both of these typically feared insects possess is a painful sting. Both a wasp and a bee will sting in defense to protect themselves or their nest.
Wasp and bees will attack if their nest is disturbed. Recently at a college sports field, a football was launched into a bush that contained a wasp nest. The wasp swarmed the area quickly and stung 31 children from multiple age groups. The venom from wasps can cause an allergic reaction like bees but luckily no one stung was allergic.
Pest control exterminators were immediately called to the scene to remove the nest and the wasps. Even the exterminators were stung through protective clothing while destroying the nest.
Treat wasps as you would honeybees, just leave them alone and they should leave you alone. If you notice a wasp nest on your property, you should contact a pest control exterminator to prevent the chance of a wasp attack.
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