Wasps, Bees and Hornets

Wasps, Bees, Yellow Jackets and Hornets in Seattle Area

  • Different wasps, bees, yellow jackets and hornets species are found in Seattle area
  • Both bees and wasps are winged insects
  • Bees feed on flowers and rely on pollen for proteins.
  • Bees and wasps are a nuisance to people because they have stingers. Their stings are very painful and uncomfortable
  • When fatal, stings from Wasps, Bees, Yellow Jackets and Hornets can lead to death
  • While some bee species have barbs on the stinger preventing them from stinging repetitively, female wasps do not have barbs

Bees in Seattle

  • Bees depend on the oil and nectar from flowers for energy and their size ranges from two millimeters to for centimeters depending on the species
  • Most bees are gray, black or brown in color though there are some bee species that are bright red, yellow or metallic blue or green in color
  • Most bee species live in colonies. Each colony has a queen bee that lays eggs, a drone bees than fertilize eggs and worker bees that clean hives, care for young bees and collect food nectar and pollen for a colony
  • The lifespan of queen bees is three years while worker bees only live for six weeks

Bee Species found in Seattle

a. Honey bees

  • These are small in size and nest in large numbers
  • They are less aggressive and have barbed stingers

b. Honey bees

  • hey are bigger, fuzzier and have a round shape.
  • They tend to nest in less numbers and are generally less aggressive
  • The stinger for these bees is not barbed and are capable of stinging multiple times
  • Spider webs created by domestic house species are a nuisance to people. Though they pose no health risks, domestic house spider bites can affect persons that are allergic to spider bites

c. Carpenter Bees

  • These bees are not social and tend to nest in long boring wood tunnels
  • They do not colonize though female bees tend to nest next to each other , dividing wood tunnels into multiple cells where bee larvae are left to mature individually
  • They are fuzzy, large and yellow and black in color, half of their bottom is hairless
  • Where spider population growth is as a result of a heavy presence of other pests that provide food to spiders, tending to the pests helps control spider presence
  • It is best to contact pest control experts when a spider infestation gets out of hand or when there is an infestation of harmful spiders in a home

Wasps, Yellow Jackets and Hornets Species found in Seattle

  • Wasps are neither ants nor bees. There are more than 200,000 wasp species
  • Yellow jacket and European Hornet are the most common wasp species
  • Wasps reproduce through larval stages and have wings that they use to fly
  • Only female wasps have a stinger, male wasps don’t

Yellow Jacket Wasps

  • These can sting several times and kill spiders and insects
  • Their nests last for one year only as queens relocate to set up new nests in spring
  • Females chew on wood and lays eggs that hatch, and wasps mature into a big nest
  • They are fast breeders; males die after mating and fertile females move to set up new nests
  • Yellow jackets nest in different places including hedges, ground and wall cavities.

Controlling Wasps, Bees, Yellow Jackets and Hornets

  • Attacks by wasps and bees can be fatal.
  • Avoid any causing disturbance to their nest as this could trigger attacks
  • Seek help pest control experts for assistance


American Bumble Bee

Black Carpenter Ant

Cicada Killer

Common Eastern Bumble Bee


Cow Killer

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp

Pigeon Tremex


Formica Ant

Golden Northern Bumble Bee

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Honey Bee


Bald-Faced Hornet

Horntail Wasp

Ichneumon Wasp

Mutillid Wasp