Ground bee problem

Asked April 3, 2019, 12:52 PM EDT

I need advise and an action plan to remedy my yard of nuicance ground bees that I've had for the last 2-3 years. How can I get rid of these so I can enjoy my yard again. They begin appearing about 10 am and continually circle and hover about 4" above the grass, until 7pm.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

If you are referring to many holes in the ground, this sounds like mining/ground bees. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/mining-bees-lawns

Mining bees dig individual holes in the ground. Large numbers of these bees may nest close together if soil conditions are suitable (they like exposed soil and good drainage) and will fly just above the ground. Populations can fluctuate from season to season and they are not aggressive. They are important pollinators, gentle ground nesters, and control should be avoided.

If in your lawn, 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. Take alook at our blog post for more information on ground bees https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2018/06/18/bees-making-holes-in-your-yard-they-could-be-gentle-pollina...

If this is not what you are referring to, send us digital photos once you notice the holes and insects.

mh