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Wasps Vs Bees: What is the Difference?

As the temperatures are getting warmer and the summer approaches, the wasp season begins to creep in. Depending on weather conditions, the wasp season can stretch from the beginning of May to late October. With there being a number of different species of both wasps and bees, it can be easy to get them confused.

The Anatomy

It can be difficult to distinguish between bees and wasps, but there are some tell-tales signs that can help you to easily identify the differences.

Long thin legs

Information on Wasps

Once hibernation has finished during early summer, young queens will search for a suitable nesting place in spaces such as sheds, roof voids, lofts and bird boxes. Once a suitable area has been found, the queen will then start to construct a basic wood fibre nest for her to lay her eggs.

Due to the queen storing sperm inside over the winter, she is able to lay a considerable amount of fertilised eggs, meaning the queen can produce a whole colony on her own. Once enough sterile female workers have been raised, the queen will leave them to maintain the offspring. All eggs produced are female and these will construct a more detailed nest as they grow.

A Wasps Nest Removed from a Customer’s Loft


This nest will continue to grow and will act as a home to several hundreds and thousands of wasps at one time.

If you think you have a wasps nest, call our team today on 0121 351 5598 for a reliable, fast and friendly service.

Image sources:

Wikipedia: Halictidae

Wikipedia: Asian Predatory Wasp