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Bumble Bee Control: Protect Your Home

Facts

  • Bumble bees can produce honey, though they make much less than honey bees.
  • These important pollinators are essential for plants and crops.
  • Allergies to bee venom can make the insects dangerous to have around.

Appearance

What Do Bumble Bees Look Like?

Size: One-quarter inch to an inch long

Color: Black and yellow bands

Characteristics: Stout, fuzzy bodies

Food

What Do Bumble Bees Eat?

The insects drink the nectar of many types of flowers. Their feeding habits pollinate hundreds of different species of plants.

Biology

Queen bees are the only colony members that overwinter. When they become active in the spring, the insects lay a handful of eggs that hatch into larva. The larva then pupate and emerge as workers. By mid-summer, hives host over 100 bumble bees.

Detection

  • Notice nests protruding from the ground.
  • Look for bumble bee workers flying near flowerbeds.
  • Listen for the characteristic, low buzzing sound of their flight.

Problems Caused by Bumble Bees

In general, bumble bees are great to have around lawns and gardens. The insects play a crucial role in helping flowers bloom. However, they are territorial. Any time the pests sense danger, they will sting. Most bumble bee stings are simply painful, but allergic individuals may suffer serious consequences. Unlike honey bees, these insects can sting multiple times.

Signs of Infestation

The clearest indicators of a bumble bee infestation are the workers. These insects spend the majority of their time outside the nest collecting food and materials for their colony. Residents will notice them buzzing around yards, especially gardens, crop fields, and wildflowers.

Additionally, the pests have a habit of moving into holes in the ground. Unsuspecting homeowners who run a lawnmower over the opening may be greeted by a swarm of hostile bumble bees.

Prevention Tips

Residents should replace broken window screens and make sure all vents are in good repair. This can keep bumble bees from getting inside houses. It’s much harder to prevent the pests from nesting in yards.

Tips for Removal from Home

Since approaching their nests can upset the insects, it’s not a good idea for homeowners to try to remove bumble bees by themselves. Instead, call a professional for help in dealing with hives.

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