Female bumblebees have stingers without barbs and can sting repeatedly whenever they feel threatened or alarmed. Avoid getting stung by remaining still when confronted by a curious bee, and do not swat at it.Continue Reading
Bumblebees build colonies in the ground. Wear shoes to avoid stepping on a colony in bare feet. Do not wear perfume or brightly colored clothing to a flower garden as these attract bumblebees.
Bumblebees commonly rely on the sun's heat to warm their muscles to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, because that temperature is necessary for flight. Bumblebees also vibrate their muscles to heat them, which creates a humming sound.Learn more about Stinging Insects
There are several methods to kill bees, but the most efficient way is to destroy their nest by physically removing it or by applying insecticide directly to it. If the nest is in the ground, pour laundry detergent or soap and water into it. A more direct approach is to put garlic powder on the bees. Bees attempt to avoid garlic because it produces a fatal effect.Full Answer >
To safely get rid of bumblebees, wear protective clothing, and begin removing the nest well after dark. If the bees are located in a bird box or other enclosed space, place foam, such as a foam sponge, in the box opening, and place tape over cracks and crevices in the box to secure the bees. Carefully remove the box, and relocate it. Do not breathe directly onto the nest as this may cause the bees to become aggressive.Full Answer >
Some online sources where it is possible to buy honey bee packages are at Mann Lake Ltd., Kelley Bees and Rossman Apiaries Inc. Lake Mann Ltd. is situated in Woodland, California, and this company provides honey bee packages, queen bees and many other beekeeping supplies that may be ordered online. The company also has locations in Pennsylvania and Minnesota where orders may be picked up in person.Full Answer >
Beehive construction plans are available online from BeeSource.com, BuzzAboutBees.net and Dummies.com. These websites offer detailed plans for a variety of different models, as well as accessories such as a solar wax melter.Full Answer >