Bumblebees are large, fuzzy insects with short, stubby wings. The largest is the Bombus dahlbomii, Queen, who can grow up to 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) tall. According to Scientific American, that is three to four times longer than the American bumblebee. Bumblebees usually build their nests near the ground under piles of wood, dead leaves and compost piles or even in abandoned rodent tunnels below the ground.
Bumble bees live in groups, as social insects. Each spring a queen who has survived the winter will find an acceptable nesting site and establish her colony. Her first brood of eggs matures into workers who forage their food on pollen and nectar. The colony of bumble bees grows larger during the summer and is usually found when the lawn is being gardened or mown. The bumble bees can attack to protect their nest, and they’re considered a risk for health.
Bumble bees do not build holes or tunnels in wood but nest under piles of grass clippings or leaves, stones, logs, etc., in abandoned rodent burrows. Occasionally, bumble bees in a wall, firewood pile, shed, crawl space or attic will establish a nest above ground. If a person is sensitive to insect venom, they should take precautions about bumble-bees and their nests around.
Even though bumble bees are considered beneficial insects, as they pollinate many plant species’ flowers. If their nest is, however, located in or near an occupied structure or recreational area, then control is needed.
Bumblebees are harmless to humans, unless you have an aversion to bee stings, just as long as you do not attack a bee or their nest.
In a bumble bee colony the worker bees and queen bee are capable of stinging. Colonies of bumble bees are organized around a queen bee that can also sting, drones (male bees) and worker bees. Worker bees are sterile females, and can sting. Their stings, however, are painful and could be dangerous for those with allergies. But, unlike honeybees, bumblebees are capable of stinging several times.
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Bumble bees jaws are designed to work with wax and something stronger than that would serve as a deterrent enough for queen bees trying to get into your house. Install mesh or screen material over openings that cannot be closed-such as air bricks.
Eliminate possible nesting sites such as rodent holes, underground nests of birds or dry, humid areas such as piles of compost. Keep an eye out during early spring for potential nesting grounds, and destroy them.
If you have existing nests on your property, break them up or remove them in October or November, since all bumble bees die off around August and September. Every year, bumble-bees build a new nest. The queen will survive overwintering, and in the spring will begin the process of establishing a new colony. Because of this, you probably won’t have to think about the same colony year after year, because bumble bees migrate into new breeding sites when the queen begins colonizing again.
Furthermore, there are a few things you can do if you are facing an infestation by bumble bees and have a nest in your yard or near your house.
These are some basic steps to help you minimize danger, however, in order to completely be free of the infestation it is essential to get in contact with a reliable insect extermination service.