bumble bee in gazebo

Asked May 30, 2017, 8:07 AM EDT

We have bumble bees flying in and out of our overhead (wooden) entry to our gazebo. How can we move them without killing them?

Washtenaw County Michigan

1 Response

Bumble bees nest in the ground. I suspect you are dealing with carpenter bees, and not bumble bees. These large bees look like bumble bees, but they chew perfectly round holes that tunnel into unfinished wood. Each female makes her own hole and lives a solitary lifestyle. However, they will sometimes aggregate in an area of wood that is easy to chew and doesn't have paint or stain. The females come and go. They can sting but are not aggressive. The males zig zag around nest entrances always trying to mate. The males act aggressively but cannot sting.

Their nests cannot be moved. If you don't want them there, you will have to kill them and block the entrances. A new paint or stain job will also help deter them from chewing.