Odd bee behavior

Asked September 26, 2017, 12:02 PM EDT

About 3 weeks ago, as I was cleaning a downspout drain, I discovered a bee's nest underground. Last week the gas company was installing a gas line across the street and I believe it disturbed the nest. Every morning last week at 6:30 a.m., I would go out to get the paper and there were a ton of bees swarming around the lights at our front door. One actually got in. They are big. I only see them in the morning around the light. I am confused by their behavior and number - there are lots! What should I do? I think they are bumble bees. Can they be relocated? Should I get trap? A pesticide??? Please help - near College Park.

Prince George's County Maryland insect issues

1 Response

They are probably European hornets. These are the only type of bee/wasp that are attracted to lights. The following page on our website has information about them and what you can do. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/european-hornets The following publication also has information about how to manage social wasps like European hornets. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_...

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