Eliminating Yellow Jackets in Pachysandra

Asked March 6, 2018, 9:57 PM EST

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

1 Response

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