Bee, Wasp, and Hornet Identification

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Bee, Wasp, and Hornet Identification in South Carolina, North Carolina, & Georgia

Seeing these distinctive yellow and black-bodied flying insects sends many people into a panic. While bees, wasps, and hornets are closely related, it is important to know the differences between the three. Bees are some of the most helpful insects on the planet and are responsible for pollinating up to 80% of flowers and 75% of fruits and vegetables. Wasps and hornets are extremely beneficial to gardens, by both pollinating them and keeping unwanted pests at bay.

How to Tell the Difference Between Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

Even though bees, wasps, and hornets share similar coloring and characteristics, there are a few key differences to help you know what insect you are dealing with.


  • Range from ½ to 1 inch in length
  • Round in shape
  • Yellowish and black to brown striped in color
  • Fuzzy appearance
  • Stinger disconnects after stinging


  • Slim, narrow bodies
  • Pinched waist with highly contrasted striped black and yellow or white body
  • ½ to 1 inch in size.
  • Can sting multiple times


  • Up to 1 ½  inches in length
  • Thin waist and long narrow body
  • Larger and more round compared to the back section of a wasp
  • Black and white or brown and yellow coloring
  • Can sting multiple tiles

What to do if You Have Bees, Hornets, or Wasps

Although your first thought when seeing these insects is to get rid of them as quickly as possible, it is important to remember they are an essential part of our ecosystem and are beneficial to many of your plants and garden. Once they build their nests close to your home or outdoor area they may pose a health risk to your family, especially for those who are allergic or react badly to stings. If you are unsure what to do with nests or how to get rid of them, call the experts at Rocket Pest. Our technicians can help and advise you on how to handle and get rid of any type of bee, wasp, or hornet nest you may find! Call us today at 864-232-2406

Bee, Wasp, and Hornet Identification in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia

South Carolina
Spartanburg | Greenville | Seneca | Greer | Anderson | Blue Ridge | Easley | Camden | Chapin | Columbia | Irmo | Lexington | Sumter | Anderson | Lexington | Clemson
North Carolina
Loganville | Marietta | Snellville | Stockbridge