What Are Bumble Bees?
Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails.
These large, hairy bees are generally black with varying degrees of yellow banding. Look closely at flowering plants and you’ll probably spot several species. Common bumblebees include garden, buff-tailed, red-tailed, white-tailed and field bumblebees.
They are social insects, living in colonies of up to 200 workers. Queens hibernate underground during the winter, emerging in spring to find suitable nest sites – for example, abandoned mouse holes. Each queen builds a nest of dried grasses and then lays about a dozen eggs that hatch into workers – sterile females.
The workers gather pollen and nectar to feed later batches of grubs. New queens and males hatch at the end of the season and mate. The males, workers and old queens die; new queens hibernate. Bumblebees are not aggressive and will only sting if they feel threatened. They are important pollinators of many plants and fruiting trees.
Are Bumble Bees Important Or Can I Just Get Rid Of Them?
Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of bumblebees. It’s important that you not kill bumble bees. Their population is already threatened and we need bumble bees in our ecosystem for many of our plants and food products to survive. Make sure you know what variety of bees are in your garden or yard before you try to get rid of them.
Are they in a bird box, under the decking, in the compost? Bumblebees are important pollinators. Leave the nests alone if possible. They will die out at the end of summer and will cause no further problems. Bumblebees rarely sting or attack people or animals and should therefore not be disturbed.
For example are you not just dealing with normal honey bees becuase bumblebees do not swarm. If you see a swarm of honeybees you will need to contact your local beekeeping association swarm collector. Honeybee swarms contain hundreds (sometimes thousands) of honeybees which will usually be huddled together on a tree or some other surface.
Five effective tricks to safely remove bumble bees from your yard or garden
1) Bee Repelling Plants: A great way to keep bees out of your yard without having to remove them or kill them is to plant bee repelling plants around your home. Having these plants around your home should stop bees from even stopping there. Citronella, Mint, and Eucalyptus plants are good bee repelling plants and easy to grow.
2) Vinegar Spray Solution: Mixing up a vinegar spray is an easy way remove bumble bees. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and put it into a spray bottle or can. Be sure to wear protective clothing and spray the hive at night while the bees are resting. This should do the trick !
3) Citrus: Citrus is another good way to ward off bumble bees. Boil a pan of water with lemon slices in it. The water should boil down to about one-third and then put it in the spray bottle. Spray this around the hive and on surrounding flower beds.
4 ) Cinnamon: The sweetest way to get rid of bumble bees without killing them is to use cinnamon . Simply sprinkle some ground cinnamon around the hive at night for a couple weeks and they’ll eventually get the hint.
5 ) Moth Balls: There are some smells that bees don’t like and mothballs are one of them. To use mothballs, hang them near the bee nest or nests, and eventually, the smell will deter the bees from coming back. You can also hang mothballs in different places around your yard to keep your entire yard bee free.
Whether you have a window box, allotment or large garden, planting bee-friendly flowers can help boost your local bumblebee population. In return, they will dutifully pollinate our flowers, crops, fruits and vegetables.