Pest Facts: Bumble Bees
Bumble bees are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants.
- Color: Black with yellow stripes
- Legs: Six
- Shape: Oval; bee shape
- Size: 1 inch
- Antennae: Yes
- Flying: Yes
- Region: All 50 states
The occupant of a disturbed bumble bee nest will buzz in a loud volume. They defend their nests aggressively.
Bumble bees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their nest in soffits of attics.
Bumble bees will chase nest invaders for a considerable distance as part of their aggressive defense of their nests. The bumble bee sting is one of the most painful. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees can sting more than once.
Bumble bees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential harborage materials. Homeowners are advised not to address the infestation themselves because bumble bees will sting when threatened.