Identifying Wasps

Actually, hornets and yellow jackets are types of wasps. There are many, many different kinds of wasps with large variations in size, color, and behavior.

What is the difference between wasps and bees?

  • Visually: It may be hard to tell unless you get up real close, which may be dangerous. Wasps are generally thinner, and have very few hairs. Bees are generally fatter and furry. 
  • Behavior: Wasps are predators. They can sting repeatedly and bite as well.
  • Sting: A wasp sting is usually much more painful than a bee sting due to a large amount of acetylcholine in the venom. Most stings people get are wasp stings NOT bee stings.
  • Living Quarters: Social wasps build nests out of paper pulp in trees, attics, or any sheltered area with access to the outside. Most solitary wasps commonly burrow in the soil or construct their nest from mud. Bees build hives out of wax in protected areas like the hollow of a tree. Hives hanging from a tree are uncommon.

The Fatal Funnel Wasp Trap is effective for all types of wasps (including hornets and yellow jackets), but not for bees.

Here are some typical wasp nests:

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The Fatal Funnel Wasp Trap will work for wasps, but not for bees.

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