Bumble Bee

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Bombus spp.

How to Identify an 

Bumble Bee

Bumble bees are 1/4 to 1 inch long and are stout. They are fuzzy and hairy in appearance. Their coloring consists of black and yellow, some with white and orange markings.

Where do they come from?

Bumble bees are a social insect. Their colony dies off every fall, but fertilized queens will overwinter usually underground. Queens start new colonies every spring that will grow throughout the summer months. Their nests can be found in old rodent burrows, holes, grass clumps, etc.

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What do they look like?

Bumble bees are very fuzzy and hairy in appearance
Bumble bees heat nectar, honey and pollen
Bumble bees can sting multiple times and the sting is painful

Where do they live?

Bumble bee nests pose a minimal health risk to humans. They can sting multiple times a sting that is painful. Bumble bees are important pollinators.

Name:

Bombus spp.

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Diet:

Nectar, honey and pollen

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