Bees & wasps
The bee comes from the family Apidae. There are two common species of bee - the honey bee, which creates hives inside wall cavities and outdoors in trees and bushes, and the mortar bee which sometimes establishes its nest in hard soil or sand, but is more commonly found inside wall cavities.
The female mortar bee, seeks old mortar on the exterior of brick homes and creates her own entry point to establish a hive and nest inside the wall cavity. Some mortar bees and honey bees have been known to establish well-populated colonies inside the walls of residential and commercial properties then leave the nest behind. This creates a problem for the property owners, as the honey starts to go off, leaving a bad smell and wet walls.
Wasps are also common in Sydney. Like bees, they may sting humans with varying degrees of severity. Wasps tend to be more solitary creatures, but they can co-exist in very large nests. Wasps are scavengers and are common pests at picnics and barbecues during the summer months. Both wasps and bees are integral to pollination and the health of the ecosystem, but should be dealt with professionally if they place humans at risk.
It is important to know that Bees and Wasps will leave you alone, if you leave them alone. Bees and Wasps will fly around and mind there own business and not sting you.
If you see a wasps nest or even a bees hive, it is advised you do not disturb it or spray with domestic pesticides as this will aggrevate them and can sting you.
The European wasp is the one to look out for, as this wasp can sting multiple times and in the same spot.
If you have a Bee or Wasp problem, please feel free to Contact Us and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.