Ground Bees

Asked May 19, 2017, 1:44 PM EDT

Hello, For the past several years, I'm experiencing a problem with ground bees on the front lawn of my home. Although, I understand they are fairly harmless, it seems each year the area in which they are inhabiting is growing larger. Is there a product that can be used that is safe for my lawn but will permanently remove them, not just remove them for the season. Thank you.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

There are no easy answers. 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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