Bees or wasps, beneficial or not?

Asked July 15, 2017, 8:25 PM EDT

We have a communal nest of wasps or bees in the ground, southern exposure. The insects are much smaller than yellow jackets, darker, shiny not fuzzy, very fast flyers. We hesitate on what to do. I am very sensitive to stings ( must carry Epipen until frost) but do not want to kill beneficial insects. We grow a lot of blueberries and live on the southern Oregon coast in Coos County.

Coos County Oregon bees wasps

1 Response

Thanks for your question about your insects. In order to know how to deal with these, you need to be able to identify them. This is an excellent article to do that, as well as to develop a strategy for trapping, removal or ignoring. I hope this is helpful. Good luck!