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Bees, in general, are unpleasant to any person and nobody wants them in the surrounding. But the ground bees are tricky and entirely unique in terms of habitat and nesting. They have a particular mechanism of nesting and colonization.
Ground nesting bees are a species of bees that lives underground or inside the soil by creating the underground galleries concealing as patches of bare soils in the lawn. They prefer to nest in dry to wet soils and wet soils of yards are their preferred choice for them to colonize.
Miner bees (another name for ground bees) have excavated or mines the soil and created little hills of soils over the surface of the lawn that can be problematic for mowers or passing of loaded dump carts.
So, being a good grower or gardener, it is necessary to keep an eye on the plant’s health as well as soil condition and such disturbing factors too. Whenever you observe the colonization of ground-nesting bees around your lawn, it’s the best practice to follow the controlling measures ASAP.
Here comes this guide on-ground besting bees, their controls, and effects on the soil and plants. But the primary step is to identify them correctly so that you might not get them mistaken with yellow jackets or hornets.
What Do Ground Bees Look Like?
Ground bees are solitary nesters which means that they don’t live together in one place. But it doesn’t mean that you won’t find a lot of these in the same place.
Ground bees are small in size having a body size of 0.125 inches to 0.5 inches. They live underground the soil surface by mining the little holes in the wet soils but not saturated with a lot of moisture.
The major identification factor of ground bees is that they dig tiny holes and dirt piles around small hideouts.
Good Things About Ground Bees
All the natural things have some positive elements to nature and humans directly or indirectly. Similarly, ground bees to have some positive elements too.
Ground bees are less aggressive than social wasps and bees. They don’t bother unless you disturb them but still there are chances of stinging by female ones.
Male bees don’t sting while the females sting if get offensive.
Helps in pollination
All the bees are natural pollinators. Similarly, the ground bees are incredibly great pollinators.
But there are still chances of getting the adverse reaction of these bees in form of allergy and stinging. No matter what, but it is good to get rid of them as soon.
Why Get Rid of Burrowing Bees?
It is well known that ground-nesting bees are less aggressive than wasps and hornets. Male bees don’t have stingers and oftentimes they don’t even sting. But their presence is still a threat to your children and pets.
Getting stung by female ground bees might get you a serious allergic reaction and even rashes. That can be a serious problem for the person having more sensitivity to allergic things.
Additionally, the presence of soil hills in the yard also has adverse effects on the beauty of the lawn and causes problems during maintenance activities. Passing of the mower or dump cartwheel over these soil hills will be problematic in form of falling off a loaded dump cart.
How to Get Rid of Ground Bees
The best practice to control any insects is the use of chemicals because it has more efficiency as well as quick results. But using the chemicals does create the harming potential in your living to your pets and children.
There are some safer approaches to get rid of ground bees:
1. Cover the nesting holes
The very first and simple approach to control or get rid of nesting bees is blocking their access to your lawn. It is achievable by blocking their nesting holes.
Once the bees realize that their nests have blocked and they cannot get back to their nests, they will prefer to move anywhere else.
To block their entry or covering the holes, you can put solid items like a brick over the holes.
2. Watering the soil
The most less expensive approach to control the ground-nesting bees is watering the lawn enough to fill their bee’s holes completely.
Ground bees prefer to nest in dry soils and watering their nesting holes is the best approach to get rid of them. You can try multiple watering to get effective results.
3. Sprinkling Cinnamon
As you know that bees have a love for sugars and they are not fond of spices. Sprinkling the Cinnamon on the holes can help you a lot to get rid of ground bees.
Repeat the practice of sprinkling cinnamon for at least one week on a daily routine to get maximum results.
4. Use Vinegar spray
Vinegar spray is the best organic approach to control the nesting bees on your lawn. The best thing about this approach is that you don’t need to buy any special product from the market.
Mix the water and vinegar in any spray bottle and spray it over the holes of nesting bees. Hopefully, repeating this practice for some days will completely vanish the ground-nesting bees from your lawn.
5. Using insecticide
If the ground-nesting bees become invasive and difficult to control by organic methods. Then it is good to use insecticide.
Using any low percentage chemical input is enough to control these soil nesting bees. But make sure to keep the children and pets away from the lawn during the days of insecticide spraying.