Bumblebees

I’m getting lots of messages at the moment about bumblebees. Here is the low down on these guys:

bumble-bee

  • Bumblebees in the wild often nest in small burrows in the ground, or loose piles of material like grass clippings or leaves.
  • In buildings they typically find access into a roof space or wall where they can burrow into loose loft insulation.
  • Bumblebees can sting but they are not aggressive – they can often be handled without upsetting them, although they are usually best left to their own devices.
  • Bumblebees typically only defend themselves if they feel threatened or their nest is disturbed, although you have to really provoke them to get stung.
  • Bumblebee colonies only last a few months through the summer so it is usually best just to ignore them.

Generally I do not recommend attempting to move them; their nests are quite small and fragile and they are short lived anyway. If they must be moved it is best done at night so that all the foraging bees are caught.

While I have moved bumblebee colonies in the past I don’t like doing it, as it is usually an unnecessary disturbance for the bees. If they must be moved, perhaps because they are obstructing building work, then let me know via my contact form.

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