Eliminating Yellow Jackets in Pachysandra
What is the suggested treatment for these pesky bees that have made a home near our front entrance. I believe they like the sap that falls from the amalanchier tree in the pachysandra bed. It is a worry because my son is allergic to bees and this is the front entrance to our home.
Howard County Maryland
If they are truly yellow jackets, that's good, because after the summer/fall, all the yellow jackets in a ground hive will die, except the queen. The queen leaves and overwinters, then starts a new hive elsewhere. She does not return to that hive.
Yellow jackets are yellow and black wasps and live in colonies in a hive. If you ever have one again somewhere, they are fairly easy to kill. Just spray the hive entrance at dusk with a typical hornet and wasp spray. Here is more help: https://extension.umd.edu/learn/summer-stingers-%E2%80%93-eastern-yellowjackets-vespula-maculifrons
If the insects you are seeing do not sound like yellow jackets, let us know. Here is information on ground bees (they make individual dens, not a hive.): https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/mining-bees-lawns