Bumble bees, sometimes also known as humble-bees, are characterized by their fuzzy bodies, peculiar bumbling flight patterns, and their droning noise while flying. Typically black and yellow or orange, and up to one inch in length, their fuzzy bodies help them to collect pollen.
A distant relative of the honey bee, bumble bees are one of the most popular and efficient pollinators. In some cases, they can actually be considered better pollinators than honey bees, due to their hardiness. They can fly in colder, darker, and wetter conditions than their cousins the honey bee, and their increased resistance makes them ideal for helping to pollinate many fruit and vegetable crops. Like most bees, they collect nectar and pollen to store in their hives. These hives are typically found in pre-existing holes in the ground, such as those made by rodents. However, it is not unusual to find them in human-created areas like wood piles, hay bales, walls, sheds, compost heaps, crawl spaces and even the occasional attic.
Controlling Bumble Bees
It is hard to imagine these cute, goofy, bumbling bees as anything but harmless, but they can cause problems if you stumble upon their nest. Typically discovered when mowing the lawn, these nests can contain anywhere from 20 to 400 bees depending on the species. Unlike the honey bee, female bees can sting multiple times but will not usually bother humans or other animals unless they feel their nest is threatened. Bumble bees will attack to defend their nests and are therefore considered a health concern. If you are worried about a bumble bee nest on your property, give Advanced Wildlife Control a call. Our technicians will remove the nest and help bring back your peace of mind.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are around 20 different species of bumble bees in Wisconsin alone!