As this homeowner was moving her outdoor furniture near the pool area, she stumbled upon this bee nest. She was terrified they may be yellow jackets, so she called our office for help.
After a close inspection, I realized that these weren't yellow jackets, but bumble bees.
Bumble bees are large, fuzzy insects with short, stubby wings and are black in color with yellow markings. They can sting and should be avoided.
Bumble bees are considered beneficial insects because they pollinate the flowers of many plant species. Only if their nest is located in or close to an occupied structure or recreational area is control needed. In this case, the nest was not.
I contacted the local beekeeper who will come out and properly remove the bumble bee nest to a safe location.
Recently, I was sent out on a service call for a resident in Ocean Township, NJ who was having an issue with bees.