• Length: 10 to 30 mm

    Colour: Black, yellow, whiteish; patterns vary

    Lifespan: Worker honey bees can live for more than 2 months; Worker wasps usually live up to 3- 4 weeks; The queen can survive upwards of one year


  • 1.

    What should I know about bees?

    • Bees, wasps and hornets have stingers. 

    • Only honey bees can sting once; the other bees and wasps have barb-less stingers, allowing them to sting repeatedly.

  • 2.

    Health risks associated with bees?​

    • The sting can cause the skin to become irritated causing inflammation and itching.

    • If the sting causes an allergic response, seek medical attention immediately.

  • 3.

    How do bees impact my property?

    • They can nest outdoors or in close proximity to the property (i.e. eaves, roof rafters, wall voids).

    • If disturbed they can become aggressive and pose danger to occupants

  • 4.

    How can I prevent bees from invading?

    • Remove debris to reduce harbourage and nest building sites for wasps, hornets and bees.

    • Ask our licensed pest control professional for help!

Common Types of Bees, Wasps and Hornets


Size: Workers are 11-15mm

Colour: Worker is yellowish-brown with black markings

General Info: Honey bees are the most social of the group, often characterized by their hairy appearance. A swarm may form due to an over-populated hive and may be seen clustering on branches, or building nest in hollow trees. They should not be disturbed. In most cases, they will move on in a day or two.

They are essential for pollination.

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