Bees, Wasps, & Us
Bees and wasps, especially honeybees and bumblebees, are extremely valuable to our ecosystem—and not just because they provide us with delicious honey. They are important pollinators, and many of the fruits and vegetables we eat are dependent on them. Some wasps even help control garden pests, and some parasitize household pests, like cockroaches. Thanks, guys! But bees and wasps can become a nuisance when they create nests on, or near, our homes. Certain species can sting humans, causing pain and discomfort. Some people are highly allergic to these stings, and reactions can become life threatening. Honeybees can only sting once because they have barbed stingers that stay in the skin after the bee flies away. Other bees and wasps have smooth stingers and can sting multiple times.