Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Bombus spp.
How to Identify a Bumble Bee

Bumble bees are 1/4 to 1 inch long and are stout. They are fuzzy and hairy in appearance. Their coloring consists of black and yellow, some with white and orange markings. 

Where Do They Come From

Bumble bees are a social insect. Their colony dies off every fall, but fertilized queens will overwinter usually underground. Queens start new colonies every spring that will grow throughout the summer months. Their nests can be found in old rodent burrows, holes, grass clumps, etc. 

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Why Are They Significant

Bumble bee nests pose a minimal health risk to humans. They can sting multiple times a sting that is painful. Bumble bees are important pollinators. 

Learn more by reading our blog post: Stinging Insect Guide: Bees, Hornets, & Wasps in Utah. 


Bombus spp.


Nectar, honey and pollen


Multiple stings

Tips & Tricks

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Pollinator Protected

  • Bumble bees are important pollinators and are protected under the Pollinator Protection Act.
  • Bees are a valuable resource; consider contacting your local beekeepers association for hive or swarm extraction.

Click here to learn more about why we protect pollinators. 

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How To Prevent

  • Monitor for bumble bee nests in early summer through the fall.
  • Minimize nesting habitat around property by caving in old rodent burrows, sealing exterior cracks and crevices, holes in trees, all voids, removing grass clumps, etc.
  • Purchase and use a bee veil, suit and gloves.
  • Never plug entrance holes to nest (if in a structural void)!
  • Apply a non-repellent insecticidal dust in and 6 inches around entrance hole(s) at night.
  • Because of honey pots in the nest, nests should be removed and voids filled ore sealed to prevent reinfestation or the presence of other pests. 

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.

Our dedicated, 3-step approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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