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AJ

What to do about bumble bee nest

We have a bumble bee nest in the barn not sure what to do about it. It's the first year that we have had lots of bumble bees at the yard.

Unfortunately in the next few days we've got a delivery of hay coming and need to store it where the bees have their nest. They have gone under a pallet in the barn and it's right in the middle of where the hay will be going. The bees come and go in the barn while we're feeding etc and haven't been a problem.

I am slightly worried I'm allergic to wasps and need to carry an epipen,  not sure if there is any risk if we disturb them too much. There will be quite a few people in and out of the barn when the hay arrives.

Any help will be appreciated
Mo

Beekeepers won't collect Bumblebees.
You might want to contact Bumblebee Consevation, they might be of help
http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/index.htm

Or a link from them goes to Operation Bumblebee, who also might be able to advise you
http://www.operationbumblebee.co.uk/

Not sure if this helps?
bodger

Don't worry AJ. Bumble bee nests die out during the winter when you'll be feeding your livestock.
Unlike honey bee's, whose colonies survive all year round, the bumblebee queens leave the nest as individuals in late autumn before  hibernating for the winter. In the spring, all the queens that have survived will start the whole process again.
The worker bee's that you have now, will actually die out. The queens will have to build a new nest each year and probably in a different location than they are in now. You might not have bumble bees on your place next year.

Bumble bees are under threat and a re protected.
Mo

That's interesting, Bodger.

We have lots this year, and lots of holes in the ground where they have nested. I'm sure the graden is riddled with Bumblebee tunnels and we shall disappear one day in Autumn

Jilly (the dog) sat on one last year and was pestered by a bee trying to get home. As usual, when I asked her to move she hunkered her bum down more firmly. It's a good thing the bee wasn't inside trying to get out!  
bodger

We have lots of species here in the UK but as we know, many of them are under threat from extinction. Most have around a hundred individuals in a nest, some a lot less. Honey bee's of course, are numbered in tens of thousands.
We do have some species of bee's that are solitary.
milton

Is it a myth that Bumble Bees have no sting? We get a few around the garden and I always tell the Mem that they won't bother her.

We also get a lot of Honey Bees, there's quite a bit of Comfrey in the garden and they seem to love that.
AJ

Thanks for replies, I am just a bit worried that all the bales going into a small barn and being dumped on top of the pallets that are nesting under may upset them.
Mo

milton wrote:
Is it a myth that Bumble Bees have no sting? We get a few around the garden and I always tell the Mem that they won't bother her.

We also get a lot of Honey Bees, there's quite a bit of Comfrey in the garden and they seem to love that.


They do love Comfrey. It's one of the reasons I wanted to get some this year and it's doing great for me and the Bees. Our lavender attracts a lot too.
beeman

Hi AJ,

If you are allergic to wasp stings, which are formic acid you should be ok  with Bee stings which are venom, they hurt just as much if not more though.

Wasp nests are the same as Bumbles, they are both abandoned in the autumn and only the queens survive the winter.

Regards.

Beeman.
sod

beeman do you mean that bumble bees all die at winter only the queen lives through? Because we had a nest out in an old couch on porchmuch to our enjoyment, I put photos on here somewhere but it is now empty but we seen to have  one bumble bee still around the house.
beeman

Hi Sod, Sorry for the delay with my reply.

Yes, all worker Bumbles die out after the first hard frosts.In the UK anyway. There are new Queens produced by the end of the season, these are mated and then go into hibernation.This also applies with wasps.

Regards Mick
sod

Thanks Mick that seems the same here then as there were many around till we had frosts then only saw one or two but now none great maybe we will get a new lot next summer  

 Thanks Richard
donky7

a tad late with this reply, but you could have re located the nest,

i did this two months ago from a loft senario where the gas boiler man neded to get to service the boiler, nest relcated to my front garden, to which is still active and in use'.
sod

Thanks for that as it was fun having it there but we like to use the couch to sit outside in the evenings   but was a laugh when someone sat down ant a Bumble Bee flew out next to them   We could have just lifted the cushons and moved them I guess but thought they would all leave. Hope we find them again next summer thanks

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