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We have loads of falling oak pollen carpeting our concrete yard and grass. Since this has started, we find everyday between 2-5 dead or dying bumblebees (furry black and yellow) on the ground among the pollen, and sometimes some other bees as well. Are these two things related, and is there anything I can do about this epidemic? thanks

I believe the abundance of oak pollen and the dead bumblebees is a coincidence. There is no scientific evidence that oak pollen is toxic to these bees. However, are you or nearby neighbors treating any a garden, lawn, plants, etc with any products?

Diseases that affect honeybees have not been shown to affect bumblebees, however some of the same triggers that kill off honeybees can do the same for bumble bees.


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