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What is a bumble bee trap?

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A bumblebee trap is a way of safely capturing insects from the genus Bombus. Bee traps in general are used by bee keepers to control bee colonies or start a new colony, and by pest control agents to remove or kill troublesome insects.

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Bumblebees prefer to nest in grassy hollows or abandoned burrows made by rodents, so traps designed to capture bumblebees typically are placed low to the ground, in a barn or under brush, and contain dry grass.

Bumblebees form nests annually. Workers die over the course of the year and queens hibernate over the winter. In the early spring, queen bumblebees emerge to found a new colony, so traps placed during that time period may wind up being used as a nest for the remainder of the year.

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