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