Black with yellow stripes
Oval; bee shape
Found throughout U.S.
Bumble bees are social insects that live throughout the United States and are considered valuable for their pollination abilities. They can pollinate much faster than honey bees. Once a bumble bee has visited a flower, they leave a scent behind that deters other bees from visiting the flower until the scent has diminished. They generally visit the same patch of flowers daily. Male bumble bees only collect nectar.
Bumble bees typically nest underground, but occasionally form nests patios, decks, and in attics if the conditions are right. Existing holes underground or piles of grass clippings, mulch, stones, and logs are all ideal locations for nests.
Bumble bees seldom sting unless their nests are built in locations where a conflict can occur with people or pets. They aggressively defense of their nests and will chase invaders for a considerable distance. The bumble bee sting is more painful than honey bees and they can sting more than once.
Bumble Bee Prevention
Management of bumble bees should be addressed by a professional. Stings from bumble bees can be very painful and even cause death. Call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.