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Name: Nancy Bailey
Amesbury, MA
nancbailey
Jul 1, 2017 5:07 PM CST
I have small bumblebee's nesting in the ground by my back door. Wondering how to eradicate them without killing them?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jul 1, 2017 6:49 PM CST
Hi Nancy!

Can't you learn to live with them? They will move on come Fall. Bumble Bees are not aggressive and are important pollinators.

Here is a link that explains how to move the nest if you really feel you must - instructions are half way down the page.

http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/b...
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
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McCannon
Jul 1, 2017 11:38 PM CST
@nancbailey, Nancy, due to the severe decline in honeybees, bumblebees are the prime pollinators in our garden. Please don't disturb them unless you absolutely have to.
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Name: Nancy Bailey
Amesbury, MA
nancbailey
Jul 2, 2017 6:15 AM CST
Thank you all for the information on the honey bee issue. I will leave the nest alone I tip my hat to you.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 2, 2017 7:24 AM CST
I think perhaps the site Anne referred to is in the UK? I can only say that I have been stung by bumblebees, on more than one occasion, when I inadvertently got too close to the nest without realizing they were there. One even chased me a few yards when I ran away, and stung my hand when it caught up to me. Needless to say I gave the nest locations a wide berth after that!

I found this on another (UK?) bee website:

"Bumblebees are reluctant to sting, and appear to do so only if they are mishandled or their nest is threatened. However I have heard recently that some species of bumblebees found in America (north and south) are more aggressive than European species. So always treat bumblebees with respect as there are some people who have an allergy to bee venom that can lead to death even after just a single sting if not treated promptly."

From: http://www.bumblebee.org/bodyS...
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
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McCannon
Jul 2, 2017 7:55 AM CST
@sooby, That's interesting. I've never encountered a bumblebee nest but we have many bumblebees busy in our garden. I've never found them to be aggressive and I've never been stung by one.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
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Xeramtheum
Jul 2, 2017 8:03 AM CST
I've never had a problem with them either and have worked along side them when hand pollinating flowers without any incidents.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 2, 2017 8:31 AM CST
I've never had a problem with them when working with flowers that they are also working, such as catmint which they love and are all over. I only got stung when I inadvertently weeded too close to their nest hole in the ground on a couple of occasions. I couldn't believe it when that one chased me and then stung me on the hand! Once I knew the nests were there I avoided getting too close and all was well. Maybe Canadian bumblebees are grumpier Hilarious!
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
Jul 2, 2017 8:47 AM CST
I'll take bumblebees over paper wasps any day, and don't get me started on yellow jackets and hornets. I like bumblebees. They are welcome in our garden any time.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jul 2, 2017 12:09 PM CST
They will sting if you disturb their nest, but not usually under any other circumstances, and they don't loose their stinger like honeybees. I have had bad bee sting reactions years ago, but the bumblebee got me 3 times just above my eyebrow, and aside from swelling, it wasn't as bad. We were dragging brush over a nest. I've been told that you don't outgrow the allergy, but I seem to have, as I got stung by a honeybee a couple months ago and had no adverse reaction.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jul 2, 2017 2:51 PM CST
nancbailey said:I have small bumblebee's nesting in the ground by my back door. Wondering how to eradicate them without killing them?

Cannot be done.
They are not destructive like honey bees and only use a nest once.
I had them under the siding while putting up new siding and we both survived .

Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jul 3, 2017 1:24 AM CST
Bumble bees are not aggressive and are important to your flowers and veggies. And the males do not even have stingers. Honeybees have barbed stingers and can sting only once and are slightly aggressive if disturbed (like if you walk on one barefoot). Yellow jackets and wasps are the ones to worry about..
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Jul 3, 2017 1:09 PM CST
I agree

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