A common sight in British gardens from late spring into summer, we associate long summer days with the low buzz of this big, hairy bee making its way lazily through our gardens.
There are in fact twenty-four different species of bumblebee in the UK, each with different colouring or markings, but generally black, yellow and white.
These bees do not normally cause problems for us until they decide to make their nest in or near our homes and businesses. At that point, the bees may become territorial to protect their nest and their queen which could lead to stinging.
Bumblebee nests are considerably smaller than other popular bees – a bumble bee nest will typically contain around 400 bees, whereas a honeybee nest can have as many as 50,000!
Contrary to popular belief bumblebees are capable of stinging more than once (unlike honeybees who die after one sting) but they are not generally aggressive and will not sting unless highly provoked.
Bumblebees are great pollinators and are a valued resource which is now sadly in decline thought to be because we have less wildflowers in our gardens and countryside.
If you think you have an infestation please contact us to check it out as we can often remove the nest and the bees intact and re-site them elsewhere.