Recently I had a query from a lady who was worried about 2 bee nests by her back door. She was worried she would not be able to get out.
If the bees had been honey bees, I would have suggested she call a beekeeper. I have lots of advice and guidance about this here.
In the case of solitary bees, they can usually be left alone, but if you are in the USA and have the large carpenter bees, see this page.
This particular lady had bumblebees. I find that most people who have bumblebee nests are worried unecessarily about stings, when in fact, they are quite docile and not out to sting anyone.
I decided to share my reply to this lady, since it may be useful to other visitors to my site. Do see the other links on my website for further information and assistance.
Query: What should I do about 2 bee nests by my back door? I'm afraid to go in and out of the house into the garden.
Firstly, may I ask if there is any way you can leave them? Bumblebee nests only last a season. They are not aggressive and are only interested in getting out, foraging and raising the colony. Would it worry you, for example, to watch a group of bumblebees on lavender? This situation with busy bees, is not much different.
Bees are having such a hard time – here is a report regarding the decline of bumblebees (almost a quarter facing extinction in Europe:
– in the UK, we’ve already had extinctions).
Only about 18% of colonies are successful in the first place, according to research (success means having the chance to produce males and queens).
Perhaps you could put in place a temporary barrier, such as some trellis, or a tall plant in a pot, or something else that is tall? This will guide the bees away from your door.
Whilst relocating bumblebees can be done, it is not always successful, but better than nothing. You can call a pest control company and ask them how they deal with bumblebees, ensuring you select one that relocates, rather than kills the bees. There will be a charge for this of course.
I also have guidance on my web page here, with instructions of how to relocate bees:
It would be a shame, however, since bumblebees are quite docile, and nests are only temporary.
I hope one day that bumblebee nests are legally protected, and preferably soon - at least within buildings and residential settings. Bats already have this protection in some countries. Until then, please help by spreading the word, and being tolerant of bees and bumblebee nests. Thank you.
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