Treating Ground Bees
Ground bees are a type of bee that live in the ground, usually in abandoned rodent burrows. They can be beneficial to your garden as they help pollinate plants and flowers. However, if their nests become too large or too close to your home, they can become a nuisance.
Identifying Ground Bees
Ground bees are typically black and yellow striped and measure about 1/2 inch long. They have short antennae and a fuzzy body. They are solitary bees, meaning they do not live in colonies like honeybees or bumblebees. Instead, each female bee builds her own nest in the ground.
Removing Ground Bees
The best way to treat ground bees is to remove their nests from your property. This can be done by using a vacuum cleaner or shop vac to suck up the nest and its inhabitants. If you don’t have access to a vacuum cleaner, you can also use a shovel to carefully dig up the nest and relocate it away from your home.
Preventing Ground Bees
To prevent ground bees from nesting on your property, keep your lawn mowed regularly and fill any holes or cracks in the ground where they may be able to build their nests. You should also avoid using pesticides or insecticides near areas where ground bees may be present as these chemicals can harm them.