PROBLEM: These bees are solitary but live in community groups. The bees that nest in the ground will nest in groups of 200 to 300. Females burrow in the ground and raise a few brood. The males fly above the holes trying to entice a female to mate with them. Bumble bees form annual colonies, so we recommend waiting until fall for them to move on if possible. Most issues property owners have with bumble bees center around a lawnmower. Many beekeepers will not work with bumble bees, since they do not make honey and they are capable of stinging through standard beekeeping equipment when agitated. I believe that the importance of preserving our native pollinators outweighs the inconveniences surrounding working with these species. Relocated colonies are moved where they remain under oversight for the remainder of the season, and are allowed to raise queens which will reproduce wild colonies the following year.
Contact us for additional details and an estimate. While I realize that extermination can seem like a noninvasive approach to dealing with unwanted bees, it is not a practical solution to the situation, and I highly discourage it.
These bees typically show up within a 2 to 3 week period during their spring mating season (May). They do not pose a stinging threat to homeowners. They are solitary insects but live in community groups. There are 2 typical situations that get addressed.
In the ground
While we are able to relocate some native bees, we prefer to allow them to remain where they are unless there is a safety concern. It is also against Federal Law to remove any Bee placed on the Endangered List.