There are a number of different species of stinging insects that share this wonderful world of ours. Some are social insects and others are solitary insects. Regardless, they are almost all regarded as pests and should be removed as soon as they start to nest near our homes or favorite outdoor areas.
The trick is in deciding if the insect you are watching buzz around your picnic is safe to swat or not. Many of these insects resemble one another yet they have varying levels of aggression so let Richland Pest and Bee Control help you determine if what’s bugging you is a bumble bee.
What do bumble bees eat and where do they live?
Like most other species of bee, the bumble bee is herbivorous. It only eats nectar from flowers. It will also gather pollen in the pollen baskets on the hind legs to feed to their larvae. As such the bumble bee plays an important role in the pollination of flowers. They will actually spend a number of days harvesting pollen and nectar form the same patch of flowers until they are no longer able to find food there.
Since bumble bees are the only bee that is able to regulate its own body temperature, it is able to handle the cold much better than other species of bee. As a result, it is possible to find bumble bees in much higher altitudes and more northern latitudes than one would expect to find honey bees.
The bumble bee does not build its own nest. Instead, it will find an abandoned rodent nest, or a similar type of nest, and modify that for its own use. It will construct egg cells inside the hole and may cover the nest with a wax covering for added protection. A single nest will generally only house around 50 bees, as they are prevented from living in large colonies depending on the size of the chosen nesting site. A nest will typically only survive a single year and will start anew each year with a new queen.
There is also a species called the cuckoo bumble bee that will lay its eggs inside the nest of other bumble bees and leave the workers of that nest to care for its young.
Are bumble bees dangerous to humans?
Like the honey bee, the bumble bee does have a stinger. The big difference is that the bumble bee’s stinger does not have any barbs, which means there is no chance of it getting hooked on your skin and ripping free of the bees abdomen. It also means that a single bumblebee is able to sting a number of times in defense of its nest. They are not typically aggressive, but will sting to protect their nest if they feel threatened.
The problem is that the nests are often well-hidden and you may step on one by accident and incur the wrath of the nest. If you are allergic to the venom of bees then this will likely cause you to react and you will need to get immediate medical attention. However, since the bumble bee is not aggressive you would have to really threaten the nest or aggravate the bee to get stung.
How do you get rid of and prevent a bumble bee nest?
It is important to note that the bumble bee is protected in many states. This is due to the declining population caused by the destruction of their habitat. You need to be careful when you do find a nest to ensure that you do not kill the bees. It is better to call in the experts at Richland Pest and Bee Control to relocate the nest rather than using pesticides or some other technique to eliminate the nest. Our exterminators in CT have over 40 years of experience.
Since the nests are typically difficult to spot, preventing an infestation can be challenging. You can safely observe the worker bees and take note of where they go when their pollen baskets are full. They will likely lead you to their nesting site and you can the mark the area and call In Richland Pest and Bee Control to have the nest removed if it is in an area where either the nest is in danger or the bees could present a danger to your family or pets.
Once again, it is a safer for the bees’ nest to be removed by Richland Pest and Bee Control’s professional exterminators rather than attempting to do it yourself as we have the necessary safety equipment for the safe handling of the bees and their nest. The bees will sting if provoked and they are an endangered species that has to be handled with care to ensure the continuation of the species.
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