It’s better to be able to identify what is buzzing around your yard rather than finding out the hard way – ouch! Learn the key differences between yellow jackets and honey bees so you can identify and deal with these insects appropriately.
Black and bright yellow
Shiny, hairless and have distinctive wasp-like waist
Do not make honey
Feeds on insects, fruit, sugars and meats
Legs hang down when flying
Helps humans by eating other insects
Will sting if provoked or threatened
Can sting repeatedly
Often nests in the ground
Can be controlled by a pest control professional
Amber/brown and a duller yellow
Are fatter and look fuzzy
Feeds mostly on flowers
Legs are usually hidden when flying
Helps humans by pollinating plants
Will sting if swatted or stepped on
Stings only once
Doesn’t nest in the ground
Should be removed by a beekeeper
In summary, yellow jackets and honey bees differ in their physical appearance, nesting habits, behavior, size, and coloring. Honey bees are generally more gentle and less aggressive, while yellow jackets are known for their aggressive behavior and predatory nature. Understanding these differences can help in identifying and dealing with these insects buzzing around your home or property.
Learn more about our treatment for yellow jackets, bees and hornets here.