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There may be hundreds of types of wasps, hornets and bees found around the world. Only a few of these species are seen as real pests here in the U.S. and some of them do not sting.
Some species, like the Honey Bee, are actually a valuable part of our ecosystem. Understanding their habits, lifecycle and appearance can help to identify the best form of wasp control for your home or business.
See our list below of common species found in the U.S.
(Family: Vespidae, e.g. Vespula Vulgaris & Vespula germanica)
These are the two commonly found wasp species across the U.S. and the ones responsible for causing painful wasp stings.
Once indoors, they prefer to build nests in sheltered locations with easy access to the outside, such as lofts, garages and wall cavities. Outside they may nest in old rodent burrows, hollow trees and bushes.
Honey bees are the species kept by Bee Keepers.
If you have a problem with honey bees, contact a local Beekeeper or the Environmental Protection Agency as they will be able to arrange for the swarm to be relocated.