Wasps have bright black and yellow markings and have fewer hairs on their bodies than bees. Bees who are much darker in appearance
Wasps are a lot more aggressive than bees and can sting multiple times without dying. Wasps live in colonies numbering up to several thousand. The majority of the colony is made up of sterile female workers.
Wasps are round in shape whereas bees are flat and wide.
n.b. At Wasp Clear, we do not treat bees. Bees are an endangered species and if left alone will not cause a threat or problem. Please be sure not to mistake a bees' nest for a wasps problem. If we are called out to treat a bees' nest we will have to charge a call out fee and not be able to treat the nest.
Below are some images of bees. We do not treat bees' nests.
The queens emerge form their old nests in spring and when precisely this happens is dependent upon the weather. Queens will then typically look to build their new nests in sheltered areas with easy access to the outside. Common areas for wasps to build nests are lofts, under tiles, eaves, wall cavities, sheds and outbuildings. Wasps make their nests from chewed pulp and saliva giving them 'paper mache' in appearance.
The nest starts off small in the spring (size of a golf ball) and as summer arises the nest size grows quickly to typically the size of a beach ball but can get much larger. Wasp activity dies off in the autumn but nest can still be active into October and November.
Signs of a wasps nest;
If you are experiencing high numbers of wasp in the house or garden their will probably be a nest nearby. Typically you will see wasp flying in and out of a hole (especially on warm sunny days) and later in the summer.
If you spot a nest and before calling us have a look around for further nests which you can get treated at the same time saving you time and money.