I found a bumble bee hive in a pile of dirt in my back yard. I'm trying to...

Asked August 13, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT

I found a bumble bee hive in a pile of dirt in my back yard. I'm trying to spread out the dirt, but need to deal with the hive first. Is there a non-deadly way to "encourage" them to leave? Is there something natural, but that the bees hate? I read that they die during the winter, but the next generation would still be in the hive, right? What would you recommend?

Hennepin County Minnesota

2 Responses

Here is a link to people whom actually know. There are email addresses and phone numbers in the last line.
http://beelab.umn.edu/Research/Projects/index.htm
Good idea!

I received a update to my answer, Bumblebee queens that emerge late this summer will hibernate and start next year's colonies in the spring, but they will not remain in this year's nest. I don't think there is any way to disperse the bumblebees or remove the nest in the dirt pile without destroying them.
Sorry.