What is a wasp and what it's not?




European Hornet

The Wasp and Hornet, a member of the wasp family, have a very narrow waist. Hornets have a much more orange and brown tint to their skin but are noticeably similar to regular Wasps.

The Vespula Vulgaris is the most common wasp local to the UK.   

This insect has 4 noticeable features:

  • Yellow Legs.

  • Bright Yellow and black strips.

  • Relatively quiet when flying. (noise would generally indicate Bees and not Wasps)

  • Narrow Waist.

Wasps appear from late May - early November

The queen of this species finishes her hibernation cycle in early spring, around March. She will then fly from her present location to a suitable location for her first nest of the season.

Having scavenged the local area for suitable building materials, such as wood and foliage, she will start building her nest. Soon afterward she will produce worker (drones) wasps that will finish building the nest for her. During this period, wasps can be found stripping wood off fences and facia boards.  

Very often, individuals will think they have a "wasp problem" when in fact it is another species of flying insect that has a likeness to the Vespula.




Bumble bee


Honey Bee

The Chrysotoxum festivum hoverfly may appear similar to generic looking wasps, but it is far from a wasp; It doesn't have a hive, nor is it aggressive - it doesn't even have a stinger!

Some species of bee look like the common wasp. They fly in a similar manner, have similar markings and colours. As you can see from the images above, some bees are big and fluffy whilst others are brown and black.

Bees also make more noise than wasps; honey bees can often sound like small engines running in huge numbers.

Bees appear from late April - June/July.

We can discuss with you the possible solutions to a bee problem just by ringing us. There are no laws against the removal of bees but there are some pieces of legislation to abide by when dealing with Honey Bees. Alternatively, contact a bee keeper. We have provided a link to help you find local bee keepers in your Area: South Yorkshire Bee Keepers list