We have a ground infestation of a flying insect that leaves ant hill type...

Asked May 13, 2015, 1:20 PM EDT

We have a ground infestation of a flying insect that leaves ant hill type mounds all over. From a distance the bug appears to be a bee. How do we get rid of this??? (We also have a dog so solution must be pet friendly) I know bees are at risk so I don't want to randomly start spraying. The insect does not sting, by the way. Thanks!!!!!

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

MIning bees are beneficial pollinators and control should be avoided if possible. They are solitary bees and seldom sting. Their activity is usually brief about several weeks. They like exposed soil and good drainage. In flower beds, you may want to lay landscape fabric down and cover with several inches of mulch to discourage them. In lawn areas, seed in the fall to thicken up your stand of turf. See our website for more information http://extension.umd.edu/learn/mining-bees vw