Identifying Bees And Hornets

There are 4 common bee species in Singapore:

  1. Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa latipes)
  2. Common Honey Bee (Apis javana)
  3. Small Honey Bee (Apis florea)
  4. Wild Honey Bee (Apis dorsata)

You can identify bees mainly by their feathery body hairs and multiple yellow stripes on their abdomen.


As for hornets, there are 3 common species in Singapore:

  1. Greater Banded Hornet (Vespa tropica)
  2. Yellow Vented Hornet (Vespa analis)
  3. Lesser Vented Hornet (Vespa affinis)

Hornets have a shiny hairless body and have one or two yellow band on their abdomen. Bees and hornets sting. In extreme cases, this can result in the death of the victim.

How do you know you have an infestation?

You will find:

  1. Live bees or hornets hovering around
  2. Bee hives are made out of wax, whereas hornet nests are made of paper-pulp

What can you do to prevent an infestation?

Regularly inspect and monitor favourite places of bees and hornets, such as underneath roof eaves, shrubs and trees, and beams. You should also close windows and doors to prevent bees and hornets from flying into your home.

How can we help you?

Avoid contact with bees or hornets. Don’t swat as it will aggravate them. Removing bee hive or hornet nests is a dangerous business. Call our Aardwolf Pestkare Technicians as soon as possible and we will safely and quickly neutralize the pests and remove the hive or nest.

Greater Banded Hornet Nest
Wild Honey Bees

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