Vital pollinators of crops and wildflowers, bumble bees are particularly effective with tomatoes, as their buzz frequency releases large pollen loads. All Bumble Bees form small colonies, visiting flowers as far as 2km away to feed on the nectar and gather pollen. The pollen coats the bee's hairy body and is then combed into a pollen basket. Usually, only the queens survive the winter, so there's no need for Bumble Bees to store large quantities of honey in the hive. Of the 250 known species, 24 are found in the UK but only six of these are a familiar sight in our gardens.
A Bumble Bee nest is very different to a wasp nest or a honeybee nest as they tend to be ground dwelling insects. We actively encourage people to live with these docile bees who will only be temporary residents in your property. Bumble Bee colonies leave their nests early-mid summer when the last of their young hatch out; they will not be damaging your property and they are unlikely to return to the same location next year. If bumble bees pose a threat to the public and it is possible to relocate them (i.e. if in a bird nesting box) we will do our best to relocate them but again, Hinton Pest Control Ltd offer no guarantee that we will accept bee work.