How to Get Rid of Bumble Bee

Isolated Bumblebee


Bumble bee control is similar on how you will control all the other bees, wasps, and hornets. Bumble bees are pollinating bees, however they WILL sting, but some bumble bees will also spray feces, and some can throw up honey. Bumble bees may be deadly to people in America. People who are allergic to bumble bees, bees, wasps, hornet, etc., may end up having a serious medical condition or an allergic reaction. Bumble bees are most active when temperatures are below 50F (10C; lowest observed flight at 26F/-3.6C) whereas, most bees stop being active at 61F (16C). Bumble bees are social insects which mean that they live in nests or colonies. An adult bumble bee worker is about 1/4″ – 1″ long and the Queen Bumble bee are about 3/4″ – 1″ long. They are black with yellow markings and they will look fuzzy overall. The Queen Bumble bee will lay her eggs and she will die and the workers and other queen bees will take care of the young.


Bumble Bees do not dig holes or make tunnels in the wood; however they will nest in vacant rodent burrows, under piles of grass clippings or leaves, stones, logs, etc. Once in a while bumble bees will build a nest above the ground and they are usually on a wall, firewood pile, sheds, crawl spaces, or attics.


For bumble bees, please apply in the evening when they are at rest to be sure that you have gotten all of them at once because if you spray during the day, it might agitate the bees and not all the bees might be in there, they will come back and just make another nest somewhere near the first one. When treating bumble bees hives, avoid the entrance opening of the hive when you are treating it because it will only increase the chance of being stung.

Crack and Crevice Treatment:

This treatment is generally applied with a liquid spray (Fenvastar EcocapDEMON WP), dust (DELTA DUST), and aerosols (PT WASP-FREEZE AEROSOL). They are to be applied to small cracks and crevices in a structure with a bee might enter or build its nest near. For liquid spray application (Fenvastar EcocapDEMON WP), you will need to have a pressure sprayer or a gallon sprayer (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER). You will need to apply using the amount that is directed on the label and may need to reapply if needed. You will have to use a low pressure system with a pinpoint or variable patter nozzle to apply the spray mixture to areas such as cracks and crevices, in and around baseboards, and cracks and crevices outside of your home. The dust application is simple. However, when using dust please be cautious especially when children and pets are present. Use dust only in areas where they cannot reach. Both of the dusts, DELTA DUST , you will need to use a BELLOW BULB DUSTER . When using BELLOW BULB DUSTER or DELTA DUST , you will need to fill the duster with the dust as directed in the label and apply DELTA DUST to voids or channels in damaged wooden member of the structure, to cracks, spaces or bearing joints between the wood members of the structure, or in the holes of the hives. If the bumble bee built there hives under the ground, spray directly into the entrance, if you can not find the entrance, spray the surrounding area. Apply lightly and uniformly to infested area. DO NOT OVER USE DUST. For aerosol products ( PT WASP-FREEZE AEROSOL), you will need to apply them as a crack and crevice treatment into cracks, crevices, and voids, where bees and wasps may be traveling and/or harboring, including but not limited to, around doors, window frames, wall voids and other structural crack and crevices which can possibly count as an entry point. They usually do not nest inside the home but there is a slight chance.

Fenvastar ECOCAP
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Void Treatment:

This treatment is to be recommended to use when you have an infestation in an area that you cannot reach such as inside walls, blocks, or other structural voids to treat for bee and wasp activity within by drilling a small hole if needed. Dust (DELTA DUST) and aerosol formulas (PT WASP-FREEZE AEROSOLALPINE AEROSOL) are generally preferred here. If you find a hole on the side outside of your home, you will insert the tip of the duster with an extender (BELLOW BULB DUSTER) containing the dust into the hole and use as directed. Using the aerosol formula ( PT WASP-FREEZE AEROSOL, ALPINE AEROSOL), be cautioned because aerosol is a liquid so do not use in electric outings, use only dust. You will just need to attach a thin straw to the nozzle depending on the product, and spray into the void. Since the aerosol and/or dust will be the outer part of the hole, it will rub off on bumble bees and it will transmit them inside the hive which in turn will cause them to die.

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Drenching Treatment:

For this application, we suggest you use a gallon sprayer (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER). Then you will need to mix a liquid formula by following the label directions and then applying the entire volume of the mixed liquid directly to the nest on the ground (Fenvastar EcocapDEMON WP). If the bumble bee built there nest under the ground, spray directly into the entrance, if you can not find the entrance, spray the surrounding area. It will take approximately 1-2 gallons of dilution for each nest area. Spray the nest until wet and apply a 4 foot diameter circle around the nest. Applications should be made in the evenings when the bees and wasps are resting. You can also use aerosol formulas ( PT WASP-FREEZE AEROSOL, ALPINE AEROSOL). At night, do not shine the light directly into the entrance of the hive and/or nest. Hold the container in straight upside position and stand at least 6-15 ft from the hive and/or nest. Align the opening with the mark on the cap and aim the actuator opening towards the hive and/or nest. Spray the hive and/or nest until thoroughly wet.

Fenvastar ECOCAP
 Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer

Broadcast Treatment:

This treatment is generally used for large turf or other landscape areas and contains directions for specific amounts of the product to be applied as a liquid spray (Fenvastar Ecocap, DEMON WP) to a given area. Broadcast treatments are usually for the entire lawn, in this case when you cannot find the bee nest. Applications should be made in the late evening when insects are at rest. For this treatment, we suggest a 1 gallon sprayer for the application of liquid spray (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER). Following the directions on the label, you would spray the entire lawn with the solution.

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 Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer
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Date: Thursday, 7. January 2010 9:28
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    had extrmneter out still have bees in my yard

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    I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m not too sure what type of treatment the exterminator may have done,
    however, the most common and successful method is using a dust to get rid of your pest.
    I would recommend the Delta Dust for the control of bees/wasps.
    You would apply it in the areas that the bees are commonly seen and coming in contact with.
    Once the bees come in contact with it, and being it back to the colony, they always groom themselves or each other-
    basically, they will die by ingestion kill from consuming the Delta Dust.

    If you have already spotted their hive/nest and are certain of where it is located,
    you can use PT WASP FREEZE AEROSOL.
    If you spray it all around their hive and into the hole, it will suffocate all the bees/wasps that are inside,
    and repel any returning bees/wasps.

    For bee treatment, we always recommend taking precaution and applying the product when the sun it not out,
    as the bees are diurnal creatures like us and stay inactive during those hours.

    If you have any further questions or comments, always feel free to post and ask again.

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    I had a hole on the outside of my house, saw some bumb,e bees go in so I plugged it. Couple days later I have 5 bees come out of my fuenace room 4 died by the window 1 I let out. A day later I had 2 more do the same they are younger without pollen on there legs, I have looked for a nest in the urnace room but to no avail. Are these just stragglers that may have been left in the hole when I pkugged it or would this be a colony, and if so would I not have a bigger number of them?
    I want to use a pesticide free solution any ideas on that. Does vinegar work?

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    We have 6 hedge bushes framing the front of our home and have noticed suddenly a sworm of bumble bees taking over each headge. We can’t sit on the porch or do yard work around the hedges because the numerous bees buzzing around. What are your suggestions for controling these bees? What product works best around plants like hedges? Thanks, Tabatha

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    Hi Steve,

    Its a common behavior for the bees to bore another hole and find their way out if the initial hole is not treated before being plugged back up. They usually do not colonize in mass numbers so it is not likely you will see the same stragglers form that colony. We do have carpenter bee traps that you can use which will help you to effectively eliminate the infestation with out the use of pesticides.

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    Hello. Have you noticed any holes in the outer areas of your home? If so, they bees are carpenter bees. If not then you will be able to find a bumble bee nest nearby. When dealing with bees, you should always be careful because, of course, they possess stingers. If you are treating carpenter bees, take a look at our Carpenter Bees Control Basic Kit. The two insecticides will also be effective for bumble bees. However, if you have a bumble bee infestation, you may want to use a product called Stingray to attack the nest. You want to make SURE that you are staying on the opposite side of the entrance to the nest. When bees exit their nest, they fly straight out and will attack whatever is standing in front of them. Also, aerosol bee or wasp sprays have a long range, so you can stand as far as 20 feet away to spray. After you kill the bees in the hive, you want to REMOVE the hive. You should wear all the necessary protective gear like bee suits, gloves, masks and etc. You may also want to seek guidance or service from a professional bee control service company.

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    I had the council out to what I thought was wasps as I had been attacked and stung by on, twice, on the jawline after starting up the lawn mower. The council say they are bumble bees and they cannot treat them. They are under the tiles on the roof that overhangs my front door and I cannot use it for fear of being attacked again. Can you suggest who should sort this for me. I live in Towcester in Northamptonshire.

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    Hello. Unfortunately, we can’t send the products we sell over there because of the restrictions in chemicals that enter each country. You might want to consider looking for a bee keeping company that will help you eradicate the bumble bees that are in the tiles. There are professional bee keeping companies that are equipped with the right tools to help you. I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to better help you! I hope you get it figured out because those stings are so painful! Wishing you fast healing!! -Ellie

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    Hi, we have alot of bumble bees flying around our buildings on the farm. probably close to 50 bees in about an acre’s size. i don’t know where the nest is…how do i kill them? thanks

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    Hmm… bumble bees and carpenter bees actually look very similar. The biggest distinction would be to tell them apart by the color of the abdomen. Carpenter bees usually have a smooth shiny black abdomen and bumble bees have yellow and black hairs on their abdomen. Either way you can use a liquid concentrated insecticide as a perimeter treatment to help control their numbers to a minimum. Masterline Bifenthrin or Suspend SC would be a good product to use for

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    I guess I have carpenter bees. Look like bumble bees. Boring holes in the shed like crazy. What’s the best way to get rid of them and what can I do to keep them from coming back.

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    Hello, there are insecticides to treat and kill them on contact. As far as holes in the shed, you can use a product called Delta Dust. We recommend Delta because it is a moisture proof dust product. Puff some in the holes and as they go through the channels that are coated in Delta Dust, they will die. You can also spray surfaces with a liquid concentrate called Masterline Bifenthrin. Once you know that activity has stopped, then plug the holes in and paint over the wall. Painting the wall or using wood finisher to coat the wood will almost act as a repellent. Carpenter bees do not like finished wood or wood that is painted over. They like soft woods and bare wood. I hope that helped you! If you have any questions you can always call us at 1-800-788-4142. G’Luck! 🙂

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    This year we have a plague of bees (both bumble and carpenter) all around our back porch and deck, which is partially covered, and can’t even go out there because they are so aggressive. I have tried using wasp spray which usually kills the carpenter bees but only makes the bumble bees aggressive (maybe it’s the other way around?). If we don’t know where the nest is what do we do? We have pets and a toddler so I don’t want to just start putting a bunch of chemicals everywhere. Thanks!

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    Hello Becky!
    You must identify which ones are being aggressive and which ones are not. Also, to completely get rid of them, you need to find their nests because carpenter bees will nest in the wood and bumble bees may nest lower towards the ground or even burrow directly in the ground. Consider taking some time to just observe them and see where they are flying to. Using PT WASP FREEZE AEROSOL SPRAY will give you an instant knock down kill from at least 20 feet away. You may want to use this to contact kill the bees that are outside during the day before you try and treat their nests. Once you locate their nest, use Delta Dust and apply it into the nest and also into the holes that are made by the carpenter bees. Also, consider using a residual spray like Onslaught Insecticide to spray around the porch and deck. This will provide a contact kill and control for about 3 months. If things are getting too out of hand, you may want to look into hiring a professional. This is because although male carpenter bees do not possess stingers, bumble bees and female bees do have stingers. They are not usually very, very aggressive, however, when they do get aggressive, they do sting people which can be potentially very harmful for your child and pets, as well as you. I’m so sorry I was not able to help as much, but please, if you have any other questions, you can always comment again or give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

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    Hi: I have a bumble bee nest in the crawl space under my house. They are getting in through a small hole in the foundation and are directly below the hole. There is a piece of insulation that dropped on the dirt. I am assuming they have burrowed into the dirt below that piece of insulation? They can be seen crawling all over this piece of insulation. I think this nest may have been there for many years. I only found it because I need to get insulation work done in the crawl space, and the company cannot do the work until I get rid of the bees (they found it while looking around under the house). What do you advise that I do – try to get rid of them myself or call a professional? The area is obviously difficult to get too. Also – do the bees go away or die in the winter? I live in the Pacific NW, and winters are not all that cold here. Thank you. Karen

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    Hello Karen, that sounds like a really rough situation! I have a couple solutions for you. The first would be a “do-it-yourself” solution using a bee suit, jet spray, and dust product. You can apply a jet spray like Wasp Freeze that is fatal to the bees on contact. Its an instant knockdown kill that comes in a pressurized aerosol that shoots out about 20 feet. For precaution, you should wear a bee suit which we also have available. Once you are sure that the majority have fallen and died, you can crawl to the hive and treat the hive with a dust like Delta Dust. Delta dust is one of the most trusted dust products for such insects like bumble bees, carpenter bees and can be used for outdoor control because its one of the very few dust products that are moisture resistant. Once you have treated the hive, eliminate the hive so that bumble bees will not re-infest the same area. This may seem very tedious and will take some effort. Also, all products have a product label and so you must read the label thoroughly before applying any pesticide. If it seems too difficult or dangerous, then please, by all means, contact a professional. I hope that helps out a little bit and good luck with the treatment.

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    How do you treat a wood frame area so wasps and bees do not come back. I know I need to wash the area down to remove any honey so they won’t immediately come back, but is there a solution such as borax and water that would help so they won’t return later.

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    Unfortunately, we don’t have anything that will necessarily prevent or repel wasps/bees from returning. However, we do offer products that will prevent them from damaging your wood frame should they return as well as insecticides to kill them. For now, I would recommended purchasing either a dust like Delta Dust or a liquid insecticide like Masterline Bifenthrin or Talstar Pro and applying them around the wood frame. If you have carpenter bees, purchase Trebor seal plugs so you can seal the holes they leave. Keep in mind that you should plug the holes only after all bee activity has ceased.

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    I have bubmble bees living in an old chipmunk borrow under the edge of my small plastic pond. I can’t do any pond maintanance with them there. I’ve head an exterminator here twice ( they dusted the area), and they still come out as soon as I try to scoop leaves or do anything with tmy pond. How can I get rid of them? They are entering and exiting at two dime sized holes just under the pond’s rim ( it’s a black plastic preformed pond.) If I can’t get rid of them this summer, am I safe trying to get rid of them after it gets cold…I feel like digging up the area then, and filling in the borrow hole, just so I dn’t have to put up with this next summer! I’d really rather get rid of them now, though!

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    I have bumble bees living in an old chipmunk borrow under the edge of my small plastic pond. I can’t do any pond maintanance with them there. I’ve head an exterminator here twice ( they dusted the area), and they still come out as soon as I try to scoop leaves or do anything with tmy pond. How can I get rid of them? They are entering and exiting at two dime sized holes just under the pond’s rim ( it’s a black plastic preformed pond.) If I can’t get rid of them this summer, am I safe trying to get rid of them after it gets cold…I feel like digging up the area then, and filling in the borrow hole, just so I dn’t have to put up with this next summer! I’d really rather get rid of them now, though!

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    Hi Nancy,
    How long has it been since you hired the exterminator? Dust usually takes a bit of time to show its effects because it works in a delay-kill way. Did you also let your exterminator know that they keep coming out like that? He may choose to focus on the actual opening to the nest then. If nothing seems to work, then I would suggest waiting until the fall or winter, but you should still have an instant knockdown pesticide handy just in case a few stray bees try to attack you. I also can’t guarantee that filling in the burrow hole will prevent them from coming back, but feel free to try. Since you’ve hired an exterminator that seems to be doing the right thing so far, I don’t really know what else to tell you except good luck!

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    Hi Nancy,
    Do you know if your exterminator has been using a moisture-proof dust? If he hasn’t, that might be why you’re still seeing bees. I would recommend using Delta Dust, which is moisture-proof, and applying it in thin layers in and around the holes where you’re seeing the bumble bees come out. I’m not going to mention any other products because, in all honesty, a dust product will be the most effective in this situation. Remember to always apply it before sunrise or after sunset so that the bees will be less active and less likely to sting you. You may also want to get an instant knockdown aerosol like Wasp Freeze to kill any wandering bees that might bother you while you’re applying the dust. If all else fails, you can wait until fall/winter to clear things out. Until then, good luck!

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    Bumble Bees do not dig holes or make tunnels in the wood”…..I don’t know where this information comes from, but bumble bees DO dig holes and make tunnels in wood! I have sat on my back porch and watched them do it for years now. I’ll go somewhere else for my online advice. Thanks!

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    Hello Shelly,

    You may have the bumble bees mixed up with Carpenter Bees. Both bumble bees and Carpenter bees are very similar in physical appearance and the two are often times mixed up. Carpenter bees are infamous for ruining wood and making small holes that actually lead to greater chambers inside the wood. If you have any questions about bumble bees OR carpenter bees, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

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    i hae bumble bee in te loft how do i get rid of them what product do you reccommend

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    It’s difficult to give you some definitive answers. First, we do need to make sure they are bumble bees. Also, lofts are usually indoors, if I am correct…They must be entering the building somehow. You need to see where they are coming in from. They could be coming in through cracks and crevices outside. Those cracks and crevices should be sealed. You should definitely thoroughly inspect all areas of the inside to find any cracks or crevices. Or there may be some cracks or crevices by windows or door frames. After finding the areas that they are entering, you will use an insecticide. Lambdastar 9.7 is a new insecticide that we are carrying but it’s known to be a great microencapsulated product for control of a variety of crawling and flying insect pests. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at 1-800-788-4142. Thanks!

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    The statement bumble bees don’t dig into wood. Well they have made a nest or something inside parts of my brothers deck. There’s always been 2 bumble bees that are pretty good sized. That are always flying around the outside of the deck. The other day I noticed a couple of different spots of wood shavings on the deck. Like you would take a drill and make a hole. I noticed there are holes where the shavings were laying underneath. I plugged them with paper for now. I noticed one of the bumble bees tried to get it one of the areas I stuffed with paper. Guess I’ll use wood sealer or something and see what that does.

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    It looks like you are dealing with Carpenter Bees and not Bumble bees. The two have a very similar physical appearance. Carpenter Bees do actually drill into the wood which is why you may be seeing them from the wood. To get rid of Carpenter bees, you must treat the holes and the surfaces that they are infesting. This may require inserting a dust product into the wood and also spraying the surface with a liquid concentrate insecticide. We recommend the Delta Dust insecticide and Suspend SC insecticide. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 or email us at

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    I went to move my garden hut to another part of the garden and when i lifted the floor of the hut i found a bumble bees nest. Is there a way of moving them safely without getting stung.

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    Hi Marshall,

    I don’t think there’s a safe way of moving the nest without the bees thinking they are being attacked. You will have to definitely use a bee suit to protect you from them. If you have any further questions or comments, feel free to contact us again! 🙂

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    I have noticed around 10 bubble bees coming from foundations of shed under decking what can i do there seems to be alto thank you for your help. and if products are required where can i buy them

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    Hi Sandy,
    If it is coming from under the decking, you must have a crawl space there I’m assuming? You may need to treat in the crawl space by using insecticides that can be sprayed or dust products underneath the deck. Delta dust is the product we usually recommend for bee types, but since its under the deck, it may be very difficult to treat. First and foremost, you will need to knock out the live adult bees and the way you can do that is to use a jet spray like PT Wasp Freeze or StingRay Spray. These jet sprays have been specifically designed so that you can spray flying, stinging insects like wasps, hornets, and bees from a safe distance. Still, when you treat for bees, you should definitely wear protective clothing and that may require you to purchase a bee suit. Once you are sure that you have killed all active adult bees in your crawlspace, you can then apply a residual spray with liquid concentrate or with the Delta Dust. A liquid concentrate spray like Suspend SC or Cykick CS will give you a residual of about 2-3 months outside. You do not want to apply both concentrate residual sprays and the dust product in the same area. I hope that helped you! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

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    i am in ok & bumble bees attacked by kids and animals. we burned that hive down which they had made in a rotten tree and did this at dusk & did not see any that escaped, but saw a few that were trying to come home. now couple hundred yards away from that, at my house, in the morning hours there are lots of them again that keep swarming around our young tree think it is the bradford pair, and sometimes darting away in several different directions. i would think the tree is to small to burrow in, why are they there? would they build a hive in it? how do i destroy them without harming my tree? how do i find their hive? also there is very very fine wood sprinkles on my back porch and seems to be coming from up high, is this their doing? and does it mean they could be going into my attic? but i dont see them going in any holes there. fyi i live in the country and have cats & dogs.

  34. angry south african
    Tuesday, 3. July 2012 9:33

    You are wrong as bumble bees can make holes in and live in wood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have that very problem

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    You may be dealing with carpenter bees. Bumble bees typically make nests in the ground or hives above ground but carpenter bees will bore into the wood and create nests inside the wood, usually soft wood or bare wood.

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    Hi Kim,

    Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a hive or nest because bumblebees typically build nests inside areas that are well hidden. For instance, they will make nests inside the wall void or inside old fallen trees that have spaces in the inside and etc. We recommend that you get a thorough inspection done and professionals may be able to find the nest for you. They don’t drill holes into wood so the wood sprinkle might be some other wood infesting pests. If you are able to locate the nest (which may require you to observe them for a little bit), we recommend using Delta Dust. It is a moisture proof dust that is highly effective against bees and wasps.

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    What about gasoline in the holes? Under my shed..Propane? R12 and propane flame? Fosgene gas will kill any organism.

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    Hi Dave,

    Using gasoline for any kind of pest treatment is absolutely unsafe and not recommended. If you have a bumble bee problem, you should look into getting the right products to treat for them chemically or hire a professional to eradicate them from your property.

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    I have problems with bumblebees for almost 8 years. They were nesting above the tracks for the garage doors. I had a raccoon in there with its family, and decided to use a Black and Decker pest controller with ultrasonic sound waves. By pure luck, I got rid of both raccoons and bees!

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    Just a heads up pest people. The picture you have posted is not a bumble bee. It is a honeybee.

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    Hello Jane,

    You are right, we apologize. We have changed the picture.

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    We have a large bumble bee and keeps coming into our house, we keep putting outside and it’s back the next day. it hanging around the speaker.
    what do I do?

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    Hi martha,

    There must be a crack or crevice close to that area that the bee is coming in from…Find the location and seal it off. It doesn’t sound like you want to kill it though. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I have a bumble bee nest in my attic. I have been killing a average of 10-15 a night for the last 5 days. They go through a opening on my porch. Should I continue with fly swatter treatment and close it when they really thin out, or close it up now? One other thing, they fall apart rather well when smacked good.

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    Hi Thomas,
    It would be best to close the area after the bees have depopulated your attic. If you wanted to speed up the process, I would recommend that you use a product called Delta Dust. Delta Dust is a moisture proof dust you can puff around their entrance holes. As the bees come in and out of the entrance way and come in contact with the dusted surface. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us!

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    Good information. I like tempo dust becqause it kills much better than delta dust on bee’s. But when moister is a problem Delta dust is a good choice. You can’t get rid of bee’s that are just flying around you’re yard and area’s like that. You need to find the next or hive and kill it off to be successful with any bee removal or kill off…

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