It’s a common myth that bees and wasps don’t sting at night. Many people report that bees and wasps are less active at night, and thus getting a sting is much less likely. While bee and wasp nests are indeed less active at night, it is still possible to get stung, because worker bees and wasps take shift to protect the nest, even when some colony members are inactive.
Unlike many insects, bees and wasps are most active during the day – this is when most colony members are out and about, collecting pollen and other sources of food. At night, the majority of the colony returns to the nest to get some rest and prepare for the next day. The reason for this is actually not related to the brightness, but rather the temperature outside. Bees and wasps are most active when it is warm out – this means they tend to be most active during the day, and then settle down and become more docile at night.
When are Bees and Wasps Most Likely to Sting?
Even during peak hours, bees and wasps tend not to be aggressive and avoid stinging or confronting humans whenever possible. Stinging is a last resort and a defence mechanism. Bees and wasps are most aggressive and likely to sting when they feel threatened, or feel their nest is under attack. For instance, a bee caught in your clothing is much more likely to result in a bee sting, because the insect is frightened and unsure how to get out of the situation.
When a bee or wasp stings a person, they release a pheromone that attracts other bees and wasps to the site. This happens so that more colony members will arrive to help protect the nest in case there is a threat to the colony as a whole.
The time of day is irrelevant to bees and wasps. They can feel threatened at any time of day, especially if you approach their nest with the intent of taking it down in the middle of the night. There is no safe time to approach a bee or wasp nest to prevent bee stings.
If you need to remove a bee or wasp nest on your property the safest way to do so is to call a professional bee and wasp removal company that will send out trained technicians to handle the situation. Magical Pest Control can send out a team from our specialized bee and wasp control division to neutralize any bee or wasp problems on your property. Call us at (905) 738-6676 or contact us online.