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Tips for the usage of bumblebees

BumblebeesWritten by Kevin van Kester | Last update: 30-01-2021

Bumblebees ensure effective pollination within a crop. When making use of bumblebees you are dealing with a living product. This requires a different work method. It is important to check the quality before use and to follow the instructions, you should store the product in a different way and it is recommended to protect yourself against bumblebees when releasing. That is why we provide a number of tips regarding the usage of bumblebees.

Quality control

Always make use of materials of an acknowledged producer or distributor who guarantees quality, but before release, also always check the quality of the material yourself. For this purpose, there is useful quality control protocol available. When you identify deviations, always report your complaint within 24 hours, to make adequate response possible. 

Read the manual

Always read the manual and follow the user instruction carefully. Our product specialists can also advise you from their own experience, about the best application methods to get a maximum return. 

Storage of bumblebees

Try to use the material as soon as possible (within 18 hours) to get the maximum return. Storage is always at the expense of the quality. If storage is inevitable, make sure that you keep the product in horizontal position (to avoid leaking of sugar water), in the dark and at temperatures from 15 – 22°C. Also ensure good ventilation of the storage facility to prevent too high CO2-concentrations. 

Improve the functioning of bumblebees by creating conditions in the crop that they can flourish in. Our product specialists will be able to advise you. 


Personal protection

In general, bumblebees rarely sting, but if they do, this can cause a considerable shooting of pain or sometimes even a (severe) allergic reaction. To prevent being stung by a bumblebee, for example when you release bumblebee hives or feed bumblebees, it is advisable to wear protective clothing. For example, wear a helmet with beekeeper net or an beekeeper pullover and special gloves.


Whitepaper: Effective pollination with bumblebees


Pollination is crucial for a good and healthy crop. Because without pollination most crops do not develop optimally, or not at all. The use of bumblebees is the solution. In this whitepaper you will find all the tips and information you need to ensure that the bumblebees do their work as effectively as possible.


More information about the usage of bumbleebees

Do you have any questions about the usage of bumblebees, or would you like customized advice? Then contact one of our crop protection specialists, or ask your question using the form below. We'll respond within 24 hours on working days.

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Kevin KesterAbout Kevin van Kester

Kevin van Kester, specialist in the area of quality management of biological pesticides, has been working with Royal Brinkman since 2013. On the basis of IOBC-guidelines, he structurally monitors the quality of organic products of various producers throughout Europe. "My motivation consists of contributing to higher efficiency of the biological pest control, as such, due to which fewer chemical treatments are required."

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