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Bees         

Hymenoptera, Apidae 
SIZE: 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches (19.1-38mm) 

COLOR: Generally black and yellow 

DESCRIPTION: Bumble bees are large, hairy bees that collect and carry pollen on their hind legs to bring it back to the hive. 

HABITAT: Often encountered foraging at flowers. Some species choose nesting places around people's houses. Wooden storage sheds and small barns, which may also house small rodents, are a favorite nesting place of bumble bees. 

LIFE CYCLE: Their colonies are a spectacular example of social organization, with each member working tirelessly to protect and build the colony. 

TYPE OF DAMAGE: Bumble bees are beneficial insects, performing unexcelled pollinating services for such crops as red clover and blueberries. Many species, normally docile and unaggressive while foraging on flowers, turn vicious when their nests are disturbed, chasing intruders for many yards away from the nest. 

CONTROL: Control is usually not recommended. But if desired, it would be best to find and destroy the nest. Individual bumble bees that get into the house can be controlled with an aerosol. 

INTERESTING FACTS: Bumble bees are common and inconspicuous insects; yet most people have never seen the fascinating bustle of activity in the nest of the bumble bee. Inside the nest, a colony of these social insects may number 200 or more. Members engage in most of the activities of a human society-gathering food, caring for offspring, constructing a home, defending it, and regulating the environment inside it. Bumble bees have very few natural enemies, skunks being one of the few animals that find bumble bees tasty, sting and all.

Wasps  

 

 

 

 

SIZE: 5/8 to 1 inch (14-25.4mm) 

COLOR: Reddish-brown with a yellow circle 

DESCRIPTION: Paper wasps are 3/4 to 1 inch long and have longer legs and slenderer bodies than yellow jackets and hornets. Their abdomen taper at both ends. Paper wasps are sometimes called "umbrella wasps" because their nests consist of a single exposed comb suspended by a narrow stalk. 

HABITAT: Paper wasps may be more inclined to build nests in attics than yellow jackets or hornets because their nests lack an outer covering. 

LIFE CYCLE: Similar to other social wasps, paper wasps abandon their nests in the autumn, with the mated queens overwintering. A queen killed in the fall or early spring will eliminate an entire nest during the summer. 

TYPE OF DAMAGE: Can give a severe sting 

CONTROL: After being stung, apply a poultice of a meat tenderizer to the wound. If the sting is not deep, this will break down the components of the sting fluid, reducing pain. Individual paper wasps and their nests can be sprayed with an aerosol insecticide. It is best to knock down the nest if possible after spraying all the wasps on it.

 

 

 

 

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