Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:35:29 10/11/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: bees/hornets ?? posted by Robin on 20:40:16 10/10/2008 from 184.108.40.206:
The pictures are a little fuzzy, but to me it looks like a bumble bee. Not sure what the top picture is, but you're describing a mud dauber nest, completely unrelated to the bumble bees.
Bumble bees are fewer in number than other bees, and sometimes it can be as long as 5 minutes between individuals returning to their nests, not like others, with several a minute coming and going.
Bumble bees will sometimes nest inside houses, usually in the walls, in the insulation. You'll have to find the entrance point to do anything about them. And I would advise a professional, as the bumble bees can be difficult to kill unless you have the right tools and the expertise.
Plop yourself in a lawn chair, get some blue sky between you and the suspected entrance point(s) and just watch for returning/leaving bees.
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