Bumble Bees

Bumble Bees
Size: 1 1/2"
Color: Black and Yellow stripe pattern
Habitat: High latitude and high altitude
Origin: Many species native to US
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Bumble Bee Control

The Bombus psithyrus, commonly known as the bumble bee, is an insect of many that are found throughout the world, including the United States. Their common name may have been derived from their large and clumsy appearance or even simply, the loud buzzing tone they have when they busily fly around. Unlike carpenter bees, bumble bees do not nest in wooden structures, however, because they can sting, bumble bees in the house are a concern to some homeowners. Look no further than Pest Mall to the best methods and information on how to get rid of bumble bees.

Bumble Bee Identification

Knowing is half the battle. Before you think about how to get rid of bumble bees, you should be able to identify them first and know some information on their activity. Bumble bees are often times mistaken for carpenter bees and vice versa. Bumble bees range in size with adult worker bumble bees about 6-25mm and queen bees ranging in size from about 17mm to 25 mm. Both worker bees and queen bees are robust in form. They are symbolized by the colors black and yellow and have a fuzzy appearance. Even the top surface of the abdomen is fuzzy. Rarely, bumble bees are orange in color. Bumble bees are winged creatures and also possess a relatively smooth stinger.

Bumble Bee Nest

Bumble bees are very social and live in nests or colonies. In each colony, worker bees are sterile female bumble bees as well as males, which are known as drones. There are also several queen bumble bees present in one colony. In comparison to the nest of honey bees, bumble bee nests are less extensive. There are several reasons as to why bumble bee nests are not as large. First, just one female is responsible for the initial construction of the nest as well as the reproduction that happens inside the nest. Also, for most species of bumble bees, the nest or the colony is restricted to just one single season.

Mature bumble bee nests can be home to up to 50 bumble bees. Bumble bees can be spotted burrowing in the ground. Most bumble bees build their nests within the tunnels that are premade by other larger animals. Most bumble bee species do not utilize or preserve their nest through the winter. Typically, drones and queens will be the last generation to emerge during the summer and queens remain overwinter separately in certain protected spots. A queen bumble bee can live up to an entire year.

Bumble Bee Behavior

Bumble bees will travel as far as 1-2 km from their colonies just to forage for food sources. Typically, they will look for nectar and pollen from flowers. If one patch of flowers or one garden can continue to provide adequate amounts of both pollen and nectar, bumble bees will continue to return to the same patch every day. Bumble bees are able to use the color of flowers including spatial relationships to differentiate where they should and should not forage. Once the flower selection is complete, bumble bees are able to extract nectar and store it. For several different species of bumble bees, once they visit a flower, they will leave a scent mark on the flower. This scent discourages other bees from visiting the flower. They will also use this scent as a mark that informs them of which flower is beneficial or not. Moreover, bumblebees will use and rely on this natural scent when there is a high handling time of the flower. The handling time refers to the expected time for the bumble bee to find nectar. After they have finished collecting nectar and pollen from that flower, they will return to the nest to deposit the nectar and pollen into cells for storage. Each worker forages alone and bumble bees will never exchange food. Moreover, they will never harvest more than is needed. Only enough food is harvested to last for a few days. This is typically done so because it deters predators. However, this also means that bumble bees are much more vulnerable to food shortages.

How to Get Rid of Bumble Bees

Even though bumble bees are considered beneficial to the environment, they are potentially harmful because they possess stingers. Therefore, bumble bee control is necessary when bumble bee nests are close to or located in a residential area, an occupied structure or a recreational facility. Most bee species, including bumble bees, are more active during the day time and less active during the night. Therefore, the best time to try and apply a treatment to kill bumble bees will be during the night time. During the day is the best time to prepare your control strategy by first locating the source of your bumble bee problem, the bumble bee nest. By watching where they are disappearing into, whether it is in the ground, tall grass clumps or even on a structure, keep your eyes open and inspect for the mark. After the nest has been located, wear protective gear and use a dust insecticide or a liquid aerosol that labels bumble bees as a target pest to treat around the nest. Entrances to the nests should not be sealed until all noticed activity has decreased to a complete stop. Treatment may take a couple of tries. You will notice less and less activity around the nest as the days go by. You can re-apply the treatment every night. Treatment should only be done during the late afternoon hours to avoid bumble bee confrontation. For more information on how to get rid of bumble bees or more information on the correct products to do so, feel free to give us a call or email us so that we here at Pest Mall can better assist you.

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Q. What company should I choose one power spraying Cy kick, the other power spraying a product called demand cs. Both coming on a quarterly basis
I've decided to use a pest service on my home in Austin tx, I know the heat breaks down product as well as rains that we get in the Austin area every once in a while, I've broke my decision down to two companies, one is saying the product they will power spray is Cy-kick. The other company says they will be power spraying the product Demand cs. My main bugs that we are dealing with are scorpions, spiders, Beatles, and an occasional wasp.. Both companies are around the same price both wanting to come out quarterly. What's the main differences and if you were in my shoes and with your expertise, which product would you choose to be treated on your home for those specific issues.
A.   We recommend using Demand CS because it is a micro-encapsulated product. Therefore, Demand CS has a longer residual time.
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A.   Yes, anyone can buy Boracare from our web store. We do have a broker's license that allows us to sell it to the general public AS LONG AS they are using it for personal pest control and not for commercial resale or distribution.
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Q. Can you use a garden hose end sprayer to apply Cy-Kick Cs to home and yard?
A.   As long as the garden hose sprayer can calibrate the correct dilution ratio, then yes, you can use a garden hose sprayer to apply the CY-kick insecticide.
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A.   Our bee suits are all standard size. We do not have an extra tall size for our suits.
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When is the best time of the year to apply merit?
A.   The "best time" to apply Merit would really depend on the pest that you are targeting and also the region that you live in. Consider contacting your local Cooperative Extension System Offices. They are able to give you time frame of the "best time" to apply depending on what you are targeting.
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Q. how scoops of cyber wp goes into a 32oz bottle of water
A.   Depending on the target pest, the dilution rate of Cyper WP is 1 or 2 scoops per gallon of water. Please refer to the product label for a list of the target pests and the dilution rate according to the target pest.
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I had a bed couch steam cleaned and now keep getting bit by mites I covered the mattress allergy plastic cover How can I get rid of mites apparently in the rug :? What should I do Had the couch cleaned on the 9/7 applied cover 9/17
A.   There are several different products for Dust Mite control. Look into Steri-fab, which is a spray that does not have a residual but is great for an initial treatment or one time treatment. Also, Bedlam Bed Bug Spray has dust mites on the product label that is a great product as well and has a short residual of about 1 week to 2 weeks.
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