Bees, Wasps, and The Ecosystem
Bees and wasps are the most common types of stinging insects. Although primarily considered to be dangerous pests, the role they play in the ecosystem is one of enormous importance.
Bees and wasps both are pollinators that help in maintaining biodiversity. Their absence would cause a million more problems than their presence as “pests” does. Wasps eat a lot of caterpillars and larvae that feed on plants. Bees are chiefly pollinators that ensure cross-pollination, healthy crop yields and plant diversity.
Despite their importance in the environment, it is true that bees and wasps can be dangerous and hard-to-remove pests. Found commonly amidst human settlements, these ‘pests’ can be a source of worry and fear. It is, therefore, necessary to know how to deal with them, and for this, it is essential to be able to identify them.
“Bees and wasps both are pollinators that help in maintaining biodiversity. Their absence would cause a million more problems than their presence as “pests” does.”
Bees in Latin American: Types of Bees
It is not rare to find bees living near or inside buildings. One must be careful around them, as their stings can cause anything from painful swellings to extreme allergic reactions. A few different types of bees have been mentioned below:
Bumblebees are the most common type of bee. They usually have black and yellow marks and are mostly about an inch long. Their body is covered in fuzz. They often sting when their nest (which is found on the ground or in the grass) is threatened or disturbed. Bumblebees are beneficial insects as they are fast workers that pollinate flowers.
Known for their production of honey and beeswax, honeybees live in hives and are orange-brown in color. They are not aggressive as such and do not attack unless their colony is disturbed. Honeybees are industrious pollinators. The “killer bee” (which is the Africanized honeybee) is known for its potent sting.
“Despite their importance in the environment, it is true that bees and wasps can be dangerous and hard-to-remove pests. Found commonly amidst human settlements, these ‘pests’ can be a source of worry and fear.”
They look like shiny black bumble bees and are about an inch long. They do not live in nests or hives but bore into wood (usually decaying) to rear their young. They rarely sting but can hover aggressively in front of the threat. Carpenter bees can cause structural damage to buildings.
Bees in Latin American: What is the best way of dealing with bees and wasps?
Approaching them, or their nests, directly is always a bad idea, as their stings can cause all sorts of problems, like swelling, and even anaphylactic shock.
Choosing an efficient and reliable pest control service, such as Latin American Exterminators, is the best way to go. However, here are a few tips on how to avoid getting stung and making a mess of things.
How to not remove a wasp’s nest by yourself
A short guide on how to not get stung for no good reason:
- Never burn a wasp’s nest!
The fire can spread and can cause more damage, and the surviving wasps can get more aggressive.
- Do not use water!
Highly ineffective and messy, and will also cause the surviving wasps to become more violent.
- No using objects to physically break the nest!
BIG no-no, unless you want to get stung en mass.
So how to combat the problem of unwillingly harboring a wasp’s nest?
The best way to deal with a wasp’s nest is to choose a pest control that will provide you with reliable service. Latin American Exterminators will ensure speedy and efficient removal of wasps, without any risks or danger to you and your house.
So are you going to DIY the wasp removal and get stung? Or will you be wise and sensible enough to choose Latin American Exterminators’ affordable and reliable pest control service?