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Where Do Bees and Hornets Build Nests?

Bees, wasps, and hornets all belong to the same order, but their nesting behaviors vary widely. If you’ve seen hornets around your home, the pest control specialist will look for their nest in trees. The bald-faced hornet also builds nests in shrubs, sometimes preferring a low-lying location. Yellow jackets, a highly aggressive species, sometimes build nests underground. They may take over an old rodent burrow for this purpose. Other types of yellow jackets prefer aerial nests, and the German yellow jacket prefers to nest in wall voids, attics, and the cracks on the exteriors of buildings.

There are about 20,000 species of bees in the world, and most of them don’t build hives. Most species of bees actually prefer subterranean nests. Like some yellow jackets, bumblebees often prefer to steal a rodent’s burrow, although they do sometimes build nests in wood piles, sheds, and attics. Wild honeybees prefer to construct hives in a south-facing void, such as a hollow tree or rock crevice.

If you have pest bees, hornets, or wasps around your home in Orange County, call the pest control experts at Payne Pest Management. We’re available at (877) 365-5629.


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