Bees in the ground

Asked May 2, 2017, 11:05 AM EDT

I have an infestation of what we think are Miner Bees. The appear at the end of April and stay until June. My questions is how do i prevent these bees from ever coming into my yard and now that they have how do i get rid of them?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Mining bees are important pollinators and we do not recommend controlling them. Populations can fluctuate from season to season and they are not aggressive.
Since activity is brief about several weeks it is best to tolerate them. Hopefully, you can try to avoid the area. They like exposed soil and good drainage.
The best recommendation is to take the opportunity this fall to overseed and thicken up your turf. With a thick turf they are less noticeable and may move on as it will be harder to dig. See the attached publication for more information http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG104_Mini...
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/mining-bees-lawns
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