About Wasps & Hornets
Hornets are part of the wasp family. They have smooth bodies and narrow legs. Aggressive hunters, wasps and hornets can sting once or multiple times, releasing toxins with each sting that cause pain and swelling for people and pets. These toxins can cause allergic reactions, which may become serious. Wood frame homes are their favorite nesting sites. You often see their nests in the eaves, on porch ceilings and overhangs, which are common in the Carolinas. If you have a large number of insects and standing water on your property, your home is a magnet for wasps and hornets.
About Honey Bees
Honey bees have brown, furry-looking bodies with lighter, golden bands. Their behavior is more mellow than wasps and hornets. These vegetarians feed on the nectar and pollen of flowering plants and convert it to honey, so they’re not generally attracted to picnics or barbecues. The sting of a honey bee is very painful and can be life-threatening to people who are allergic to their venom. Once they attack, they lose their stingers so there is no risk of being stung multiple times. To hide from predators, honey bees build their nests inside tree cavities or under objects.