Many people panic at the sight of bumblebees, even though these busy insects are generally non-aggressive. They are not apt to sting unless disturbed, so there is no harm in allowing their nests to remain where they are until the bees are done with them. Finding a nest in an attic can be problematic, however, as most people would prefer not to have bees roaming around their house. By working quickly and carefully, the nest may be moved without causing any harm to its inhabitants.
Things You'll Need
- Protective gloves
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Shoebox or container of similar size with lid
- Dry grass clippings or dry moss
- Cellophane tape
- Red cellophane or thin red cloth
Wait until sundown before attempting to move the nest. Bumblebees are generally dormant after dark.
Cut a hole about an inch in diameter on the side of a shoebox or container of similar size. Cover the hole with cellophane tape. Fill the container halfway with dry grass clippings or dry moss.
Cover the flashlight with red cellophane or a thin red cloth before you turn it on. Bumblebees are less likely to react to red light. The objective is to keep them as calm as possible while they are being moved.
Put on gloves and wear a long-sleeved shirt. Bumblebees are unlikely to swarm or attack, particularly at night, but it's best to protect yourself just in case.
Place the box containing dry grass clippings or dry moss as close to the nest as possible. Pick up the nest gently and quickly put it in the box, covering it with the lid.
Keeping the box as still as possible, place the box in its new location and remove the tape so that the bees can enter and exit at will.
Tips & Warnings
- The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to bee conservation, suggests that the new location be at least 2 miles away to deter the colony from returning to the original location.
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