Wasps & Bees in Florida
Florida Wasps & Bees
Many species of wasps and bees live in Florida, but we will only discuss the few that threaten homes and businesses.
In general, wasps and bees are considered social insects, which means they gather in large numbers and work together. Social bees and wasps are likely to be defensive and sting intruders who get too close to their nests. On the other hand, solitary bees and wasps are less likely to sting because they don’t feel the need to protect colonies.
Many stinging insects are beneficial because they consume pest insects that attack valuable agricultural and ornamental plants. However, when bees and wasps nest near homes and businesses, they become a risk to anyone who gets too close.
Small infestations can be managed with over-the-counter products. However, when dealing with large nests, the best course of action is to have your pest management professional do the job.
While most sting victims experience intense yet temporary pain, sometimes stings can cause major health problems, especially for individuals that are highly allergic to bee and wasp venom.
Bald-faced hornets nest aboveground in trees and large shrubs.
These pests build their nests underground or in protected locations aboveground. If yellow jackets sense a threat, they charge out of the nest and begin stinging whatever’s endangering the colony.
These insects construct their nests from plant matter mixed with their saliva, which forms a thin material that looks like paper. Since paper wasps build their nests in exposed areas, sections of the hive might be visible.
Residents might find paper wasp nests in door frames, windowsills, hanging from the eaves of houses, and in the corner of garages and outdoor sheds.
Adults feed on nectar and pollen, while immature members of the colony are fed insects such as caterpillars.
European hornets, sometimes called giant or brown hornets, are not as aggressive as bald-faced hornets but will nevertheless sting if their colony is disturbed.
European hornets tend to make their nests in secluded, aboveground locations, such as hollow trees, attics, porches, and inside wall voids.
The European hornet is the only species of true hornet located in the U.S.