Is There A Difference Between Bees And Wasps? Part 3 Of 3

Continuing from Friday…

Food Sources:

Honey bee:  Honey bees collect nectar and pollen for food.  Nectar is made into honey which is then used as a food source throughout the winter months.

Carpenter Bee:  Carpenter bees feed upon pollen and nectar.

Bumble Bee:  Like honey bees, bumble bees are responsible for pollination.  The fine hairs that cover their body help to collect pollen which is then returned to the nest for feeding.

Yellow Jacket:  Yellow jackets are not pollinators.  Instead  these insects are carnivorous predators.  They feed upon other insects by paralyzing them with their stinger and taking them back to their nest. They consume dead animals and various fruits.  They are also frequent visitors to backyard barbeques, amusement parks, and other areas where people gather outdoors with food.

Wasp/Hornet – Wasps eat different things depending on the species and their life stage. Some wasps are solitary creature while others are social.  Some consume dead insects while others hunt live insects, sting them and bring them back to the nesting site.  Some wasps consume nectar, fallen fruit, or will steal the honey produced by bees.  They also enjoy nibbling on human sweets such as cakes, soda, and ice cream.


Honey bee:  In New Jersey, honey bees are a protected species as they are critical to pollination of fruit and vegetable plants.  It is illegal to kill honey bees in New Jersey.

Carpenter Bee:  Carpenter bee nests are used year after year and expanded year after year.  NJ pest control companies are able to locate and eradicate carpenter bee nests so that structural damage does not occur.

Bumble Bee:  Bumble bee nests that are located in the yard do not always need to be eliminated as these insects are good pollinators.  The nests in or around the home will not cause structural damage, but for those who are allergic to their stings, serious consequences can occur.

Yellow Jacket – Because yellow jackets are so aggressive and because their nests can be deep down into the ground, up high, inside walls, or inside concrete voids, it is critical to contact a NJ pest control professional to eliminate these pests at the first sign of their existence.

Wasp/Hornet – Wasps/Hornets are difficult to control and can be dangerous or even deadly to anyone that has an allergy to bee/wasp venom.  Wasps/hornets are considered to be pests which should be eliminated by a NJ pest control professional.

Yellow jacket nests will die off once the next winter arrives, but businesses with yellow jacket nests must consider the safety of their customers and staff when yellow jackets or wasps are present.  Contact Stern Environment Group for fast NYC and NJ pest management services.