Learn about Bees and Wasps


Battling an infestation of bees and wasps? Learn about their characteristics with these facts:

  • There are 3 kinds of bees: queen, worker and drones.
  • All the workers in a hive are female, and will die upon stinging.
  • Male bees are the drones, and do not have a stinger.
  • The bees use their honeycomb cells to raise their babies in, and to store nectar, honey, pollen and water.


  • Unlike bees, wasps do not produce honey.
  • Wasps will turn to garbage and other waste when insects are minimal.
  • Only females have stingers, and their duty is to protect the hive.


  • Some species of bees and wasps create hives below ground as well as above. If wasps are coming from an entry in the ground, there is likely a nest below.
  • Don’t wait. Near the end of summer, wasps switch to collecting carbohydrates, which makes them far more aggressive. Don’t wait until it is too late with a hive.

Remove Wasp Nests

Wasps are inactive at night, so this is the best time to handle a wasp nest. Birch Fumigators offers removal of wasps and bee nests, to ensure the problem stays gone.

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