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Bees and Wasps

About Bees and Wasps

The Africanized Honey bee has not made its way to Northern Nevada but is found in Southern Nevada. Honey bees are beneficial to our environment as pollinators and should not be exterminated if at all possible. Most times honey bees can be captured and relocated by a professional at no charge to the customer. If you have a problem with bees give us a call and we can identify the problem and help with a resolution. There are several stinging pests found in the Truckee Meadows area including Solitary bees, Ground nesting bees, Cicada Killers, Baldface Hornets, Mud Daubers, and Spider wasps. Below are some of the most common stinging pests we find in Reno.

Bees are social insects that live in colonies. Mature colonies can have 20,000 – 80,000 individuals. Colonies have adult workers that are infertile females, a queen, and male drones that come from unfertilized eggs. The queen can lay as many as 1,500 – 2,000 eggs per day and live for as many as 5 years.

Common Types

Honey bee – Honey bees get their name from the sweet yellowish brown fluid they make from nectar of flowers that they use as food. They provide honey and wax. They are identified commonly by their yellow to orange body and black bands. Honey bees are non-aggressive and are typically blamed for stings that come from yellow jackets.


Yellow Jacket – Yellow Jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies. Identified by their yellow and black bodies. Adults consist of workers, sterile females, queens, and males that come from unfertilized eggs and usually appear in late summer. They are considered beneficial because their food consists of other insects. Yellow jackets can sting multiple times without losing their stinger. When nests are located near homes, buildings, or parks they become unwanted pests. Overwintering queens can be found indoors seeking warmth or in spring looking for nesting sites.


Paper Wasp – Paper wasps get their name from the paper like material they use to make their umbrella shaped nests. Identified by their yellow and black body with a pinched mid-section. Nests are commonly found under eaves of roofs, less used out buildings, and inside of Jacuzzis. They can sting multiple times without losing their stinger. In late fall inseminated females will search out crevices in flashings, chimneys, door frames, or utility line boxes to overwinter.

If you are having a bee or wasp problem in Reno and the surrounding areas, call us today at 775-332-0604. Visit our homepage for more info on pest control and visit our YouTube channel for videos on tips and info on pest control!