Bumble Bees belong to the genus Bombus in Apidae family. There are more than 250 species of bumble bees, and these are primarily found in high altitude places and regions. Most of the species are present in the North and South America. Bumble bees are also known as social insects as they live in colonies with a single queen.
The bumble bee is an important plant pollinator and considered a beneficial insect. The adult workers are sterile females and normally appear in late summer. Usually only queens survive the winter, underground, in a protected location. In the early spring she selects a suitable nesting site, lays eggs and begins a new colony. Bumble bees produce small amounts of a honey-like substance to feed the young.
Outdoor activities often bring humans into conflict with a nest. Unfortunately, there may be times when it is necessary to use lethal means to control bumble bees. As a health concern, some individuals have a severe allergic reaction to a sting. Along with honey bees, the insects are usually only destroyed if necessary for human safety. Both bees make large environmental contributions as pollinators.
Please contact the Vector Control Service District and consult with one of our Biologists before deciding to destroy a bumble bee nest. PLEASE NOTE: Insects inside buildings (walls, attics or foundations) are not serviced by the District and you are advised to call a professional pest management company.
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