What is the Difference?
Though bees and European wasps are of a similar size and shape, you will easily be able to differentiate between the two by their colours.
European wasps are bright yellow and black with bright yellow legs. They are predominantly black on their front half, with bright yellow triangular markings on the abdomen. European wasps also have longer, thicker antennae than bees. Bees display a dull shade of yellow or a golden brown colour. They also have black stripes around their body, however bees do not have the black dot characteristics of the European wasp. Unlike the European wasp that has yellow legs, bees have black legs. This is probably the easiest way to differentiate between the two.
European wasps can nest in various cavities, walls, ceilings and trees to name a few. However the most likely place for a European wasp nest to occur is in the ground. These nests are easily sighted due to the constant European wasp activity above the nest. However the nest holes could be well hidden amongst vegetation.
Bees often nest in tree or wall cavities and can nest in compost bins and cavities such as old suitcases. Bees, like European wasps, are not aggressive and will go about their day to day duties unless they feel threatened or are under attack. Try to avoid the flight path of swarming bees and wasps. Both bees and wasps are best left to their own devices.
What do I do if I discover European wasps or bees on my property?
If you have European wasps or bees nesting on your property, (private or leased), it is your responsibility to have them removed. It is recommended you do not disturb the hive and keep pets and people away. Bug Boyz are well equipped to locate and remove Bee hives.