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Identification Guide

Scroll down this page to find which image best describes your unwanted Bees, Wasps or Hornets.

Honeybee Swarm

Thousands of bees flying in the air congregating into a large cluster

Bee swarms may be attached to anything possible such as this one

Thousands of bees flying in the air moving into a cluster

Bee swarms are usually pretty docile however if you see one stay away and call a beekeeper

Basketball size cluster of bees attached to a surface with lots of bee activity around it

Bee swarms can range from all sizes and shapes

Honeybee Hive

Honeybee hive are in a cavity such as a home or hollow tree. You may not see much besides a hole with many bee going in and out.

In order for us to determine where the hive is located we use a thermal imaging camera.  See opened hive →

Honeybee hives get very big if you find one call you local beekeeper as these hive can grown over 10ft long.

Once we cut opened the hive we begin removing all the bees and honeycomb

Honeybees near their hives can be agresssive so stay away and call you local bee expert

Inside another honeybee hive, this one was inside a ceiling they can live in any cavity.

Yellow Jacket Wasp

Yellow jackets usually create their nested inside a cavity or underground.

They will choose a sheltered place so they can be inside your wall or anywhere else.

Yellow Jacket wasps are very agressive if you see them entering into a hole somewhere on your property stay far away and call you local bee & wasp control guy.

At the end of the summer hives can get very large and aggressive its best to get it removed before that happens.

Sometimes they will make their nest out in the open it will look roundish and be grey or brown in color.

If you see them going underground there is probably a hive there. Stay far away until its completely removed.

Bald-Faced Hornet

Bald-faced Hornet nests are grey or brown and look papery with a hole on the bottom.

Hornet nests are dangerous to be close to. If you do come across one stay far away and call your local Hornet expert to come right away.

Bald-faced Hornets are black in color with white patches on their head and abdomens.

Hornets nests can grown larger than a basketball size, its best to get it removed right away.

Nests can be attached to anything they are usually under a sheltered area.

The paper nests are made by chewing wood off decaying trees or structures. 

European Hornet

European Hornets are very large Hornet and can deliver a painful sting.

Nests are located in protected cavities such as wall or hollow trees.

Nests are found by the sight of hornets constently going in & out of a cavity.

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees live inside wood, they drill holes and tunnel inside leaving damage in the wood. A large infestation can leave many holes with lots of damage.

Bee are large loud and intimidating. However they usually don’t harm people. 

Holes are usually round but the bees can make them larger over time.

Bees are usually attracted to older wood that is not painted or sealed.

If you see wood dust under the hole that is a sign of an active infestation

If not taken care of, bees will return year after year to the same place.


Bumble Bees are calm and to themselves. They live their life pollinating and are beneficial bees. Bumble bees usually don’t harm people. 

There are many species of Bumble Bees. Some are more yellow while some are closer to white. 

Bumble Bees nest underground, in leaves or in a secluded space.

Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada Killers live in the ground. They dig borrows on sandy dry soil and they make a quarter size hole entrance.

Cicada Killer Wasps are big wasps they fly around the nests during the day. They can sting, but they usually don’t harm people.

Cicada Killer Wasps hunt Cicadas. Once they sting the cicada they bring it to their nest where they lay their eggs on it. The young will hatch using the dead Cicada as food.

Ground Nesting / Miner Bees

Miner Bees live in the ground. They dig borrows on sandy dry soil and they make small ant like dirt mounds. 

In one particular area there can be just a few or thousands of holes. 

Miner Bees look similar to Honeybees. They are gentle and are very docile.

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasps create small umbrella like paper hives. A nest contains between 10 – 100 wasps.

Paper Wasps can sting and may become aggressive if threatened.

There are many species of Paper Wasps they are mostly black and yellow but may have red or brown markings as well.

Still  Unsure What Type of Bees You Have?

If you see bees coming and going from a opening in your home, take a picture of the bees as well as the location where they are so we can positively identify the type of bee & send the pictures to 845-445-8273 or email them to us at