Types of Bees in Western New York

 Bees are a vital part of the environment, which is why we want to keep them safe! This should be enough, right? In theory, yes, but what happens if bees infest your home or business? Bee stings can be life-threatening for those with an allergy.

Carpenter bees burrow into wood and structural timbers, drilling deep holes and causing potentially expensive damage. Knowing what type of bee you are dealing with is important for the removal of its nest. Honey bees contribute to our ecosystem through pollination and should be handled with care. So, how do you tell what type of bees you are dealing with?

Honey Bees

The most common bee you will find in Buffalo is a honey bee. These are the species that are kept by beekeepers! These bees are black and yellow with slender bodies, often confused with wasps. If you find honey bees on your property, you can call the Environmental Protection Agency to relocate the swarm.

For a faster option, Ehrlich also uses humane, legal practices to remove honey bees from Western New York homes. Honey bees aren't aggressive unless they feel their nest is severely threatened. They're smaller and furrier than wasps, which is a helpful indicator when trying to decipher which species you have flying around your home. Not only are honey bees threatened by varroa mites infesting their colonies, they are mishandled and killed by humans frequently as well. If honey bees swarm your home, contact a professional immediately to ensure your safety and their own.

Carpenter Bees

Even if you don't have a bee allergy, carpenter bees are not a pest to underestimate. A much larger, hairier bee species, carpenter bees are often seen flying around on their own, versus in a group.

Carpenter bees will drill deep into the structure of your home and lay eggs -- not something you want to happen! Over time, entire wooden beams need to be replaced due to the persistent tunneling of carpenter bees. Only female carpenter bees have stingers, but they will sting if agitated. It's a little bit easier to tell that carpenter bees are not wasps due to their size and fur, which is helpful since they are a pest you do not want to ignore!

Yellow Jackets & Wasps

Predatory wasps are black with bright yellow coloring. Yellow jackets and wasps are very aggressive and female wasps are known to sting repeatedly. This poses a problem for children or anyone with a sensitivity. If you notice a wasp nest around your home, it may be hard to tell what species it is. Wasps are generally smaller than most bees and do not have furry abdomens.

Yellow jackets have alternating black and yellow bands with two sets of wings. You may spot a wasp's lance-like stinger, or you may even have to pull one out of you! The thought of wasps eating other insects around your home is nice, but not when they sting your family or guests. Late summer is the worst time for wasp problems, especially when it comes to defending their nest. It's best to call a professional to handle a wasp nest to avoid getting stung (a lot).

Professional Bee Removal in Western New York

Spring and summer are prime pest seasons, especially for bees and wasps. If you discover a nest around your Buffalo home, don't wait until the colony grows -- call Ehrlich! Keeping your home pest-free all year-long is easy with Pestfree365 program.

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