PestWatch August - Wasp Identification Guide 

So what do we have in store for you in the months eagerly awaited PestWatch? 

July was the month for Wasps… 

And they will become ever more prevalent this month so we are sticking with them and bring you out identification guide, To keep you safe and hopefully ease anxiety every time something black and yellow whizzes by. 
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) & German wasp (Vespula germanica) 
There are subtle differences between the two, although not enough to notice when you are trying to avoid them. 
Hoverfly (Syrphidae) 
We have over 270 species of hoverfly in Britain, Many have black and yellow body patterns, very similar to that of wasps and are often mistaken for wasps and bees. However, they are harmless and do not sting. 
Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) 
Ivy Bees have not been in the UK for that long and was first recorded in 2001. 
They feed on the nectar of ivy flowers (hence the name) and are mainly seen from September into autumn when the ivy is flowering. The Ivy Bee looks like a cross between a wasp and a honey bee, it will be seen in large numbers and is another insect that is often mistaken for a wasp. 
Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 
Providers of honey and almost universally viewed with affection in the UK. 
They rarely present problems as pests. However, feral swarms can set up home in undesirable places such as chimneys and wall cavities. 
Honey bees are small and vary in colour from golden brown to almost black. If you believe you have a honeybee colony in your home contact a professional pest controller. 
Area Pest Control recommends live removal and re-homing of honeybees wherever possible, with lethal treatment only as a last resort. 
If you have any pest problems and need our help then we can help Call Area Pest Control on 0333 200 1622 
Prefer to send an email, 
Look out for Septembers edition of PestWatch with more useful guidance on what to look out for. 
Stay Safe 
Dan – The Pest Man 
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