What to do about pollinator bees?

Asked May 3, 2016, 1:46 PM EDT

Every spring for years I have had pollinator bees swarm in the spring. No problem until this year. We removed some bushes from the front of the house and now those bees are swarming in the front making going in and out the front door difficult. The UPS driver does not like delivering to our house. I know how important these bees are but is there anything I can do to manage them. Thanks, Karen Threatt

Jefferson County Kentucky bees pollinators honeybees

1 Response


You and others need to have safe access to your home. Unfortunately there is not an organic deterrent or non toxic way to discourage bees or wasps.

First, you need to identify the type of bee or wasp. Keep in mind wasps, ants and bees can look alike. They have tiny waists, wings and other physical traits in common. Then you need to determine if they are solitary or live socially in a hive. Control of these insects may vary depending on that.


ID of bees:

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/wasps/bees/bees.htm

ID of hive wasps:

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/wasps/hivewasps/hivewasps.htm

ID of other wasps:

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/wasps/solitary/solitary.htm


Control of nusance bees:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ef606.pdf

Control of wasps, etc:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ef620.pdf

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!


Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
502-569-2344
810 Barret Ave
Louisville KY 40204