A source for information on bumble
Ranges up to 1 inch in length.
Usually black with yellow stripes on the thorax and abdomen.
As social insects, bumblebees live in colonies. Each spring a queen that
has survived overwintering will find a suitable nesting site and establish her colony. Her first brood of eggs
mature into workers that forage on pollen and nectar for food. The workers do produce honey, but it is not edible
to humans. The colony grows larger over the summer and is usually discovered by a homeowner while gardening or
mowing the lawn. The bees will attack to defend their nest, so they are considered a health concern. During the
fall, the colony produces a number of queens that fly out to find protected sites to spend the winter and thus
repeat the cycle next year.
Bumblebees live in colonies, in old rodent burrows, or other cavities
within the ground. Occasionally, bumblebees will establish a nest above ground in a wall, firewood pile, shed,
crawl space or attic.
- To prevent bees from establishing nests on a property, fill in all animal burrows and holes in the
- Seal holes in the building's exterior and ensure that all vents have tight-fitting screens.
- When a nest is discovered in or around a home, a professional should be contacted to treat the