Bees, Hornets, and Wasps

Bees, hornets, and wasps are most common in the MN Lakes area in the late summer and early fall. While these winged creatures all look similar, they are very different.

What’s the Difference?

Bees have a valuable role in the ecosystem concerning pollination and honey making. The number of bees have significantly dwindled over the last few years and require our protection. Bees are smaller, have a “fuzzy” appearance, and horizontal stripes across their abdomen. They will rarely sting humans.

On the other hand, wasps and hornets will sting humans more readily and can cause pain and even danger (especially if people have allergies). Wasps have narrow waists and small wings. Hornets are actually in the wasp family but are somewhat larger.

How Do I Get Rid of Wasps and Hornets?

Pour peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them around your home’s exterior. A great homemade wasp remover is to cut the top off of a plastic soda bottle, invert it, and then fill it with a water and sugar mixture. Wasps will come in but will not figure out how to get out. Removing wasp and hornet nests such as in your siding or trees can be dangerous, so you are best to use pest control services for a safe and long-lasting solution.

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