How to Coexist with Bees and Wasps

When we think about bees and wasps the first thing that comes to mind is RUN! What many people donít realize is these black and yellow buzzing insects are actually our friends and a very important part of Earthís delicate ecosystem.

There are over 50,000 different species of bees and wasps and without them we wouldnít have many of the foods we enjoy each day. Honeybees are pollinators and contribute more than 14 billion dollars, yes billion, to the value of U.S. crop production. Not to mention they are responsible for almost 200 million pounds of commercial honey each year.

While bees are busy pollinating, our wasp friends are working to control insect populations. There are 8 different types of wasp, each with a unique appearance and personality. Cicada, Mud dauber, Digger, and Sand wasps are known as solitary wasps, while Paper, Yellow jacket and Bald-faced hornet wasps prefer to be more social. Bees also have social and solitary species. Surprisingly most bees tend to be solitary, with the exception of Honeybees and Bumblebees.

There are only a couple species of wasp that are aggressive and will sting without provocation. Most bees and wasps prefer to avoid using their stinger unless imminent danger is present. When we know what to expect from bees and wasps, we can coexist without any problems. If you are still concerned, schedule an annual fall inspection and donít approach nests; always call a professional. You can also take preventative measures by refraining from wearing heavily scented perfumes and lotions, and covering any food or drinks you have outside.

Bees and wasps play an important role in nature. While their sting may be painful and their nests a nuisance, if you leave them alone, they will likely return the favor.

108 comments

William C
William C8 months ago

Thanks for the information.

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W. C
W. C8 months ago

Thank you.

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Ruth S
Ruth S11 months ago

Thanks.

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Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Love honeybees.Great article very informative,thanks for sharing

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Elisa F
Elisa Fabout a year ago

Great info :)

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

I love bees. Most times if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. This year I have seen many more honey bees than I have in a long time! Good news!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran2 years ago

good info

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Patricia Harris
John Taylor2 years ago

We can live in harmony with wildlife!

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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