How to Distinguish Wasps from Bees


Physically bees and wasps tend to appear the same. Scientifically these two almost similar insects belong to the same class-Insecta, Kingdom-Animalia and phylum anthropoda. However, most people do not actually know how to distinguish bees from wasps, such that they cannot be able to tell which one of them has stung them. If you happen to be one of those persons then worry no more, because there are few guidelines to enable you to differentiate these two insects. Call our professional wasp removal services in Toronto to fast and affordable wasp control solutions. 

Consider the nests

How will you be able to notice if a nest in your home belongs to the bees or wasps? Here is a clue, usually if you see a nest where the insects get into and out of it through a brick of one hole then the nest definitely belongs to the wasps. This is because bees will usually realize several holes due to the fact that they also have quite a number of them living in there. Moreover, the bees nests’ is usually waxed unlike the wasps’ which is usually paper like since they make them from wood.

Physical Differences

Legs: Bees usually have long, hairy fat dangling legs whereas wasps have long, thin and less significant hairs on their legs.

Body: Bees have a rounder body that normally appears hairy whereas the wasps have a slender and cylindrical smooth body.

Behavioural differences

Bees will not spare anyone who interferes with their peace. That is why they will poison and sting anyone who dares tamper with them. Their stinger is usually sharp and pointed, once they sting someone the stinger remains in that person’s skin. After this encounter usually the bee dies this is because the stinger will be ripped from the bees’ thorax causing their death.

Similarly, wasps also bite on provocation the only difference is that they can bite over and over again since they still live even after biting people.

Feeding habits

Bees are pollinators whereas wasps are predators. It is for this reason that bees will always be found near brightly coloured flowers where they land on for pollen grains and nectar, they also drink water which they use in making their nests. Wasps on the other hand feed on other insects such as flies and caterpillars. Though they are also attracted to the smell of human food normally the sugary ones such as beverages and bees.


Without close observation of these insects, one cannot be able to notice these distinct features, especially the physical differences. Call your local wasp control company to help deal with these annoying insects.