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How to Get Rid of Bumble Bees

About the Bumblebee:

Fuzzy and loud are perhaps the two best adjectives that can be used to describe these insects. Having a special corner in their heart for flowers and flowers alone, bumblebees are large insects that are mostly black and yellow in color, however, some of their species may also be spotted in hues of orange and red.

And yes, they sting! In other words, you would not want to be caught around them or have them buzzing around you. Before we get to tell you how you can get rid of bumblebees, it may be in your best interest to know your nemesis a little more in detail.

3 Interesting Facts about the Bumblebee:

The bumblebee is quite an interesting insect. And quite a popular one too! In fact, if you ask most people to name an insect that is big on pollination, bumblebee would be most likely the second answer after honey bee.

Speaking of honey bees, we all know how they love to socialize, and the same can be said about the bumblebee too. Here are a few more cool facts about them:

1. They have a deceptive twin:

Bumblebee closely resembles another insect, the carpenter bee. So what gives? Is the carpenter bee really their twin? Not at all! Most people just confuse both of them because they look ridiculously alike. The best way to differentiate between the two is to look closely at the abdomen. Carpenter bees have a very smooth abdomen while bumble bees have a hairy one. Spot this difference and you would never be wrong in getting the two apart.

2. Fast and furious pollination service:

From a business point of view, many would think that the honey bee takes the cake with its ability to produce honey and al, but bumblebees also have a pretty massive commercial value. Their wings beat more than 130 times in just a second which allows them to pollinate while merely buzzing! Their vibration alone allows the flowers to release pollen.

3.  Big on colonies:

We already spoke about how they love to socialize. This also happens to be one reason why you will always find colonies of bumblebees in a single nest. One bumblebee nest will be accommodating 50 to 500 of them, easily.

Bumblebee Control: How to Get Rid of Bumblebees

Bumblebees usually make their nests in abandoned holes made by rodents and other such animals. While they are extremely productive insects, they can also cause a lot of trouble (read pain via sharp stings!) if they make a nest near a residential area.

If you do spot a nest of bumblebees, here are some simple solutions you can make use of.

1. Monitor your building for holes:

If your building has any hole that could be potentially used by the bumblebees to set up their nest, your first move should be to have them sealed shut right away. If they won’t find a place to set up their nest at, they won’t be near you.

2. Keep an eye out on your garden’s soil:

It is not just the holes in the building that need to be shut, but you also need to keep a look out on your garden’s soil to see if there are any holes in there made by rodents or other animals. Have those burrows closed off as well.

3. Aerosols and dusts:

Despite you being on your most vigilant, if bumblebees are still spotted near your place, you do not have to worry for there is still a lot that you can do. Aerosols and insect dusts that have Deltamethrin as their active ingredient are highly recommended. They have a longer residual time. If you are using dusts to get rid of bumblebees, make sure that you use is generously, your aim here should be to have the nest area completely covered with the dust. Solutions Pest & Lawn carries a fantastic dust containing deltamethrin called Delta Dust. As for aerosols, we recommend Wasp Freeze and Pyrid Aerosol which can target problem bumblebees.

4. Plan your attack in the dark:

Once you have your pesticides and protection gear (like the bee veil) in place, it is time for you to actually venture out to the hole where the bumblebee nest is located. Trying to spray or dust them in the daylight would be a very foolish move since you run the chance of being spotted by a bumblebee and then getting a sharp sting (or stings!) in response.

You need to camouflage yourself and what would be a better camouflage than darkness itself? You would obviously need some light to still make your way around so use a low backlight for that.

Preventing the Bumblebees from Coming Back:

Even after successfully removing them from your place, there may be a chance that after a while, a new set of bumblebees make their way around the same area and set up their nest there.

The reason why this happens is that bees have a very strong scent which they leave behind in the area where they had a nest at. So even if you removed a particular colony of bumblebees from a hole that place may still have their sent which could potentially attract other bumblebees buzzing around.

To take care of this, ensure that you have the previous nesting hole sealed shut so even if the bee scent lingers, there would be no place for the bumblebees to set up their nest. It would be a wise move to use a good disinfectant to have the bee scent eliminated from that area.

Conclusion

While bumblebees do bring the threat of stinging, for the most part if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. However, if they have made your yard a place of residence, having them buzzing around can be frustrating. We hope with the help of the tips above you can get rid of bumblebees so they can move on elsewhere.

For more tips and helpful DIY pest control advice, you can call our number at 800-479-6583 to speak to an expert representative or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com

 

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