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Bumble Bees

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What do bumble bees look like?

Bumble bees are most often identified by their oval shaped body that is completely fuzzy. Their body is black with yellow, orange, or red colored strips depending on the specific species. Male bumble bees have a rounded abdomen while the females have a more pointed abdomen. The worker members of the colony grow to between ½ and 1 inch in length; the queens are bigger and grow to between ¾ and 1 inch in length.

Are bumble bees dangerous?

Bumble bees are a very aggressive species of stinging insect; they will defend themselves and their nest aggressively, even chasing a perceived threat for quite some distance. Males are not equipped with stingers, but females are. A sting from a female bumble bee is one of the most painful of all ‘bee’ stings and causes considerable swelling. The female’s stinger is smooth which means that she can sting multiple times, the venom from a bumble bee sting is strong enough to cause severe allergic reactions in some people that require immediate medical attention.

Why do I have a bumble bee problem?

Bumble bees feed on a diet of nectar and pollen. If your property provides them with easy access to food and water sources they may decide that it is the perfect spot to create a nest. Bumble bees typically create their nests under piles of organic debris, under woodpiles, or in the spaces behind the siding of homes and other buildings. If bumble bees have made a nest in or very near your home, they can become a threat to you, your children, and your pets.  

Can I control bumble bees?

You may not be able to completely eliminate bumble bees but if you’re experiencing a problem with these stinging insects or have found a nest too close to your home, contact Arrow Pest Control to discuss solutions.

How do I make my property less attractive to bumble bees?

It is very difficult to completely prevent bumble bees from choosing your property to nest on, but doing the following things can help to make your New Jersey property less attractive to them!

  • Limit the amount of flowing plants and landscaping that are planted on your property and very close to the exterior of your home.
  • Remove piles of leaves, grass, and fallen trees from your property.
  • Place compost piles and woodpiles a distance away from the exterior of your home.
  • Make sure gutters are working properly and fix any leaky outdoor faucets.


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