In Australia there are around 10,000 wasp species and 2000 bee species, according to the Australian museum and all have valuable roles in our ecosystems.
A few species can become pests in urban areas and pose a threat from stinging, such as the introduced European wasp which can be aggressive when a nest is disturbed. Bees are rarely a pest and are less likely to sting. The introduced honey bee can cause problems when queens disperse and set up new nests in homes and gardens.
Below are some of the common wasp and bee species that you can encounter in Australia:
(Family: Vespidae, eg Vespula vulgaris & Vespula germanica)
These are the two commonly found wasp species in NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania and the ones responsible for causing painful wasp stings.
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Our Pest Control Technicians understand that these pests can be dangerous to handle and can offer both convenient and safe solutions to get rid of your wasp problem quickly.
If you have a problem with a honey bee swarm, contact a local bee keeper or Environmental Health Department as they will be able to arrange for the swarm to be relocated.
Honey bees normally build hives in hollow trees, wall cavities or roof spaces. They can also build nests hanging from tree branches
A colony size can often be greater than 30,000 bees Worker bees clean the hive, guard it, forage for nectar and pollen, build the honeycomb cells for the eggs and feed the brood
Periodically colonies swarm to new sites. They are not aggressive as there are no young to protect
Honey bees feed on plant nectar and pollen. They regurgitate honey and secrete beeswax through special glands in their abdomens
Honey bees also produce propolis which is made from plant resins mixed with beeswax and honey. This is used to seal cracks or holes in the hive and is also a disinfectant
(Amegilla sp. 250+ species)
(Xylocopa spp. — 8 species)