Honey Bees Vs. Yellow Jackets…Which Should I Fear

Bees are distant relatives of hornets and wasps.  While both have stingers, which will carry a painful sting as well as an allergic reaction in many people, there are many differences between the types of flying insects.  Honey bees are known for their docile behavior.  They will sting, but only when they feel threatened.  Unlike wasps and hornets, the honey bee dies after it stings its victim.

Honey bees are also known to swarm, usually during the spring, which can cause quite a panic for New Jersey residents report New Jersey pest control professionals.  Honey bees are a protected species of bees within New Jersey.  It is illegal to kill or harm honeybees, but they can be relocated to new areas with the help of a local bee keeper.

NBC New York reported on March 18, 2018 that over 2000 honey bees had swarmed from their colony to form another colony.  The worker bees followed the new queen to an Arlington, Texas home where the honey bees took refuge upon a mailbox as worker bees sought out a new location for the bee colony to exist. The homeowners report that it took several hours for the bees to arrive.  A bee keeper agreed to come and collect the bees to add to her personal hive.

New Jersey residents are reminded that while honey bees are considered to be docile bees, yellow jacket wasps are not.  Honey bees are the only type of bees that will swarm in New Jersey.  Yellow jackets are considered to be an aggressive species of bee that are known for their tendency to sting without cause.  Most yellow jacket nests are found in the ground, but some paper like nests are found hanging from trees, bushes, or the edges of a structure.

Yellow jackets are a dangerous species of insect to deal with which requires the help of a licensed NJ pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.