Bumblebee

Actual Size: ¾” –  1”

Characteristics: Hairy body, black usually with yellow or white bands

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Often nest in the ground but also in soffits or attics. They can be seen around patio areas or decks.

Habits:

  • A bumble bee sting is considered to be one of the most painful stings
  • Live in smaller groups than honey bees
  • Can hibernate underground
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Bumblebees in Las Vegas or Nevada

Bumblebees are social with small nests that usually are less than 50 in number. Except for the queen, all bees in the nest will die at the end of the season. Bumblebees can sting, however, they are very unlikely stingers. The effect of their sting varies based upon the victim. Bumblebees do not fly with great finesse or accuracy. They are able to get from point A to B but are clumsy and slow. They are the second-largest contributors to the pollination of wildflowers after honey bees. They are a crucial part of our environment as important pollinators. Bumblebees are large insects ranging from about 1 to 1½ inches and their flight produces a very startling buzz that is much deeper and louder than other common flying insects. 

Bumblebee Habitat

Bumblebee colonies are small, containing a dozen to a few hundred workers. Bumblebees make their nests out of grasses, insulation, and other dry materials that are small enough to be chewed and carried by the insects. The queens will set up nests in old rodent burrows, tree stumps, and wall voids. Above ground, they will occupy abandoned bird nests and fiberglass-insulated structural voids associated with outside walls, patio roofing, and decks.

Bumblebee Behavior & Dangers

Bumblebees are peaceful insects and only sting when provoked. Most stings happen when their nest is disturbed. Only female bumblebees sting and unlike honey bees, they can sting more than once. Bumblebees can sting multiple times, but they do not form swarms like honey bees.The pain from a bumblebee sting is less painful than a honey bee sting, however, a sting can be dangerous if it occurs on the head or neck, or if an individual is allergic to their venom.

If you notice a growing bumblebee problem near your Las Vegas property, it’s important to never approach them yourself. Always contact your local bee control team.