Bumble Bee Control

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tree bumble bees in attic
Tree bumble bees nesting in loft insulation.

How Many Kinds Of Bumble Bees Are There?

Bumble bees In the UK, number some 24 species but this number is slightly flexible, because people disagree on the true number.

One thing we can agree on is that only six species are still commonly found in most peoples gardens, with the rest being present in specific regions or locations.

The most common species we encounter include the European Tree Bumble Bee (Bombus hypnorum), Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), White-Tailed BumbleBee (Bombus lucorum) and the Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius).

In the spring (March-April), bumblebees are among the first large insects to be seen. By mid-June, these bees have established colonies of sufficient size and number to cause alarm.

In general, bumblebees are harmless if left alone, we only encounter problems when young children or pets fail to leave them alone.

Can Bumblebees Sting or Bite?

Bumble Bees Sting Multiple Times.

Bumblebees, like honey bees, have a defensive sting that is very effective and used only where they are handled or compressed when someone treads on one.

Bumblebees have stings without the barbs of the Honey Bee. This means a bumblebee can sting multiple times with no ill effects on itself.

Fortunately, we have not encountered any instances where a customer has been stung by one of the insects and experienced a severe allergic reaction.

The European Tree Bumble Bee Bombus hypnorum is one exception. These bees (pictured above) nest at height and readily attack people who disturb them.

Tree Bumble Bees tend to focus an attack on the head and face, making these bees a major problem.

Bumble Bee Stings – First Aid?

“Bee Sting Advice”

Are Bumble Bees Protected In The UK Law?

No – but in our opinion, control of bumblebees should be tightly regulated.

Bees are one of nature’s true wonders and are a key reason we are able to enjoy the great wealth of fruits etc that is nature’s bounty.

After a good recovery in bumble bee numbers last year we are hoping they will continue to recover this year, especially after such a wet winter.

We want to help these creatures survive in greater numbers. Future generations should be given the chance to enjoy them.

Why Is Bumble Bee Removal Needed?

Removing Bumblebees Safely.

Not everyone loves bees, especially those suffering from phobias and severe sting allergies.

People at risk of Anaphylactic reactions from bee stings include both adults and young children, and they need to be protected.

Whatever spin you place on it, the realities are played out the same every year.

If we don’t manage the tiny proportion of inconvenient bee nests safely and sensitively, there are plenty of chemicals amateurs can buy to kill the bees themselves.

DIY pesticides are used at great risk to others, and often contaminate surrounding hives and causing untold damage to the local areas bee and insect populations.

Do Bumble Bees Produce Honey?

No – Bumble bees are not seen as a crop producing. They produce only enough “honey-like” material to support the needs of the existing colony.

tree bumble bees in attic
Tree bumble bees nesting in loft insulation.

Are Bumble Bee Stings Dangerous?

Bee venom isn’t pleasant, but the sting is rarely left in place like that of the Honey Bee.

The bumblebee does not have a barbed sting, so it can not deliberately leave the sting in your skin.

Unfortunately, a sting without a barb or barbs can be used multiple times to sting you in multiple locations.

Will Bumble Bee Venom Kill People?

Because we all react to stings in different ways, it’s important to remember that some people can die from a single sting.

A severe allergic reaction to a sting may result in Anaphylactic Shock; a life-threatening condition.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid being stung by insects and straightforward ones.

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