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It may not seem like there is much of a difference between honey bees and other insects that sting, but there actually is. Let's explore the major differences, and talk a little bit about how the team here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions handles these two types of insects as a pest problem.


Let's take a look at the elephant in the room first. Honey bees can sting. So, technically, they are stinging insects. But, when it comes to posing a stinging threat to us, they do not compare to wasps, hornets, or even Africanized honey bees. The honey bees we have in the United States are not likely to sting you unless you handle them or make them feel threatened. They are quite docile. That is why it is possible to wear a beard of honey bees without getting a single sting. We would not, however, recommend wearing a beard of wasps or hornets, especially yellow jackets.


Honey bees are extremely beneficial insects. They play a significant role in pollination. If you grow fruits, vegetables, or flowers on your property, you'll love having honey bees around. Wasps and hornets are able to take part in pollination, but their smooth skin does not make them a good pollinator. Wasps do, however, help to control poisonous spiders, and work to reduce harmful caterpillars. But there are better ways to take care of these without having wasps flying around your property.

Besides being a major pollinator, honey bees also turn nectar into honey. And honey isn't just a tasty treat for bears.


Since honey bees present a different level of threat, as far as stings go, and provide many more benefits, as far as pollination and the production of honey go, we don't treat them the same as we would a nest of yellow jackets.

  • If we are called in to deal with a honey bee issue where the honey bees are not actually attached to a structure, like in the walls of a home, we will refer the issue to a local beekeeper who can relocate the hive (nest) and put those honey bees to work making some tasty honey somewhere else.

  • If we are called in to deal with a honey bee issue where there is no hive, these are usually migrating bees that will move along within 24-48 hours. We monitor them to make sure they do.

  • If we are called in to deal with a hive that is inside a structure, we make every effort to remove the hive safely and relocate those bees to a safe place.

  • With wasps and other stinging insects, it is best to destroy populations when they are found. There is no shortage of these painful pests in the world, and their benefits do not make up for the threat they pose.

Honey bees have many benefits. And we believe it is important to safeguard honey bee populations, which are dwindling on a global scale. If you need assistance safely relocating honey bees, let us know. We'd be happy to help. And, if you need some wasps or hornets exterminated, we can help with that too.

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