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Why were a bee and a wasp both in my bedroom?

Asked by rory (1397points) July 5th, 2015

I got home from work tonight, lay down in bed, and was promptly stung by a large bumblebee on my leg that had been in my bed (under the blanket it seems).

It was scary, but once it had been removed from the apartment I figured, what are the odds of this happening again? So after a while I shook out my blanket and, feeling a bit freaked out, lay back down in bed.

Then I saw a wasp on my ceiling by my light fixture. At that point I freaked out and left the room.

Luckily, one of my roommates is away for a few days so I have a room to hide out in for the night but how could this have happened? Bumblebees and wasps are different types of insects, so is this just a coincidence?

Some details that may or may not be relevant:
I live in rural Massachusetts
I live in a basement apartment—the windows are ground level.
my window was closed.
I hadn’t slept at home the night before, but I /had/ left a half finished hard cider on my windowsill by mistake from the night before that.
the wasp seems to like sitting on the fan by my bed.
I went on a long bike ride today on my way home—I don’t think any insects attached themselves to me, but I guess you never know?

Anyway, if anyone can put my mind at ease (or not at ease) as to why this happened (/help me feel safe in my room again) I’d appreciate it greatly, thanks!

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ragingloli's avatar

Insects tend to randomly end up in someone’s house.

Pandora's avatar

You might be unlucky. I’m assuming the home is old since most of the homes is Mass tend to be. It could be the house has wasp and bees living in the walls. They may not be together but it could be that and opening was created to the room and they got in. Then again. I once had a bee and a wasp fly in my home. Not on the same days but it happens.One flew in through the patio door and the other got in because it found a gap in the screen window. So when I opened the window and didn’t notice there was a wasp there. At first I didn’t think that was how it came in until I saw another wasp try to come in through the same gap. Bees don’t seem too be too crazy about entering peoples homes because their food is outside and they live in colonies mostly. But Wasps look for any gap or hole to make a home and tend to be loners. Well unless it is a carpenter bee. From what I understand they are often mistaken for bumble bees and look for holes in homes to make their homes. They look like bumble bees except for black bottoms and are not hairy.

longgone's avatar

The second insect was just as likely to find its way in after the first was already inside…it’s not that big a coincidence. Don’t worry about it too much.

zenvelo's avatar

While you saw them near simultaneously, they entered at different times. The bumble bee was around from the last tim you made your bed, you just didn’t notice. How else would it be under the blanket?

And the wasp came in sometime while you were gone.

And has your window been closed for days? or just when you were facing the bugs?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

That sounds like the first line of a joke. (A priest and a rabbi walked into a bar…)

How large were the two insects? If they were full sized, there is probably nothing to worry about; they wandered in and couldn’t get out.

But if they were not fully sized, fully grown, then I would be worried that there might be a nest/hive somewhere in or near the apartment, which would of course house additional bees or wasps.

So don’t take this too lightly.

JLeslie's avatar

I would check around the house and see if it looks like you have bees or wasps nesting in or near what might be an opening. Like a weep hole or where joints are in the exterior of the home.

sahID's avatar

I think @zenvelo is right about the bumble bee.

About the wasp, it could have gained entrance to your apartment at any time. I have seen the occasional wasp (and bee) turn up in my apartment seemingly out of nowhere.

Now, what was the wasp doing? Sleeping (and chillaxing at the same time.) So the best thing to do is leave it be until it has finished its beauty sleep, then find a non-threatening way to help it head back outdoors.

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rory's avatar

@Pandora It’s not actually an old home, it’s an apartment in an apartment complex built in like the 1970s or so.

I /do/ have a drop ceiling in my room and now i’m scared there are nests in it?

@elbanditoroso, they were both large and adult sized.

Zaku's avatar

What kind of wasp was it? The actual wasp-waist kind or a hornet? Do you have floral scents in or near your bedroom? Bumblebees go for flowers. I think it’s probably coincidence, though if you can identify the wasp, you could look up what it goes searching for.

Neither of those are usually very aggressive, especially not the bumble bee, but it was probably upset and confused after being stuck under covers for a while.

DoNotKnow's avatar

A couple of years ago, I had a wasp nest under the siding on the outside of the house near the bedroom window. I sprayed a ton of wasp spray to get rid of them. Bad idea. They somehow found a way into the house. There were about 20 of them flying around the bedroom.

I’ve since heard this type of thing is fairly common. Since you live in an apartment complex, is it possible that they did some kind of spraying that forced bees and wasps inside, and then you ended up with a couple?

Zaku's avatar

Good idea @DoNotKnow – looking around for a hornet nest might be worthwhile.

Coloma's avatar

A few years ago I actually had a wasp nest built on top of a can of wasp spray! Really!
I had the can in a bench on my deck with storage under the seat and the wasps found their way under the seat and had their nest glued to the can of wasp spray and the corner of the bench. haha I didn’t have the heart to kill them, it was a real life Far Side cartoon moment.

dappled_leaves's avatar

They don’t normally flock together, but both would be attracted to sugar. Do you keep food in your room? Or maybe leave a can or glass of soda sitting around? Good idea not to do that.

Nests in your building might be a wasp thing, but I doubt that bees would do it. If you’ve only seen these two individuals, it’s probably just a coincidence.

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ibstubro's avatar

Bumblebees are ground nesters, so it got in at some point and burrowed into the ‘ground’ of your sheets.

Check around your door(s) for wasp nests? I think they like the recess, out of the weather. They seem to me to be looking to get forever closer to the house. It’s like they buzz the openings not filled with spider webs, looking for an ‘in’.

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