I am new and not really a bee person. A decade ago, our state government infested our area with a huge population of rather nasty little wasps to fight some bug that was damaging the forests. I had no problem spraying their little papery round nests that are just everywhere. This year, however, I have a new kind of bee. They look like real bees of some sort with black legs while the wasps here are yellow-legged. The new bees pretty much swarm my garden in the mornings but are not aggressive and have never stung me. They are black with yellow stripes and build their nests in the eves of my barn, like the wasps, but their nests are honeycombs, not the papery grey ones. Although I really know little about bees, I am aware of the problem of so many bees dying off and if these bees are good guys, it is my inclination to leave them alone. How do you tell the good bees from the undesirables? To my knowledge there are no beekeepers in within a couple miles of my location. I am located in northern Idaho, about sixty miles south of the Canadian border.
Thanks for any help/advice.