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Bee like insects coming out of ground - how do you get rid of them?

Old 05-10-07, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by tasha99
Sounds like a yellow jacket nest to me. Yuck . . .
If it is a yellow jacket nest then you should be able to use some hornet spray on the nest in the ground. The spray will trap the ones in the ground and others will not be able to return inside. Be sure to keep a good distance when spraying, they are aggressive and often sting without provocation.


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Old 05-10-07, 03:00 PM
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Old 05-10-07, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Because you'll kill all the ground bees. Duh.
I had no idea pouring a quantity of gas in a specific area could affect the entire world. That's amazing.
Old 05-10-07, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Altimus Prime
OK, don't pour gas in the ground. But why?

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Originally Posted by Altimus Prime
I had no idea pouring a quantity of gas in a specific area could affect the entire world. That's amazing.

I though it was pretty common knowledge not to pour petrolium products of any type on to the ground.

It contaminates ground water which eventually ends up back in the water you drink and the food you eat and the creatures that live in the water, etc.

So yes, dumping a petrolium product on the ground in your backyard can and does affect the rest of the world.


But when it comes to these fricken bugs, sometimes you just have to contaminate ground water Pour kerosene on them and torch them up
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Originally Posted by Bronkster
After that, the sand bees vanished for a few months.
What a sad story. You don't tell that one to your kids do you.

One environmenally conscious way to oust the digger bee is to water the ground until it is soaked and then try to down a power line. Sucks if you don't have any power lines in the area 'cause then you're stuck with digger bees.
Old 05-10-07, 05:11 PM
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How do you get rid of ground bees?


Getting Rid of Ground Bees
The first rule is do not do anything until it is dark, when they are back in the hive. The second rule (daylight) is do not wear yellow...they are attracted to it. Best color is light shades of khaki, and the other obvious things, such as no sugar drinks etc.

Misc......: Don't swat them, just slowly fade back. If you swat and kill one, like many of the flying stinging pests, they emit a chemical "alarm" that brings others to the "rescue". If you get chased, generally speaking, they fly in straight lines, so zig-zag as you run.

Just pick a safe spot, and watch where they are all returning to locate the hive in the ground, log, etc. If it is off your property, like a ditch behind the fence, etc., You are on your own. If you call a private exterminator,they will not come unless it is on your property. If you call the park service, they usually will not come either.

Here is the method a friend of mine shared that used to have that duty when he was a city employee:

Make a big torch just like all the movie stars use in the movies when they are exploring the cave. Approach the entrance to the hive (with your red filter over the flashlight, which is less alarming to bees), with your match ready to fire up the torch. Yes, rags with kerosene or other fuel that will last awhile after you light it (gasoline not a good choice). Light the torch, hold it down right over the hole entrance to hive, and when the bees come flying out, they burn up. It takes awhile, but the hive will empty. Primitive, but effective.

Most bug spray ideas do not work. The torch does, and you will look like a hero to your kids or wife....(if you do not chicken out before you kill all of them)...lol

FYI....if you have lots of bees flying "your way", such as when you are out on the deck during the day....you are probably on the "fly-way" path of the bees. They use markers to navigate. If you move your deck furniture, or umbrella, bright colored items off your deck, or to different location, sometimes they will at least use a different route.


The best way to make bees escape and fly away is to provide smoke (NOT FIRE) in the area.

Dump a bucket of soapy water (Ex. Dawn, Liquid soap, oxy clean)you may mix them, then dump some insect repellent in your mixture. Dump it down the hole/entrance of the nest. If you can't get near it during the day when the bees are active, you can dump it at night. NOTE: Just to be safe, after you dump the bucket, RUN. You have about 10-20 sec. to leave the area before the bees will attack. Or, in other words, don't stay around to see the bees come out! Be sure to keep the soil soaked all times around the nest and entrance because the bees hate wet soil. And, the entrance should cave in from being wet, therefore, trapping the queen and most bees inside. the bees that are trapped OUTside the nest will eventually leave. Also, bees hate moth balls. You may put them down the entrance hole and scatter them on top of the land right around the opening. You can also put the moth balls in a pantyhoe or sock and hang it above the entrance. Also, you can also hang, at night, a bug-zapper above the entrance and run an extention cord to an outlet, but don't plug it in yet, plug it in in the morning and it will take a day or two, but it should work. I hope all this will help you.

It sounds like you have mud wasps and not bees. Bees usually will stay near sweet smelling or colorful bushes and flowers and during Fall, will become dormant and often walk along the grass or fly extremely low. Mud wasps are ugly little kritters (usually enlongated body, thinner than a bee, with dark stripes) and they have a nasty sting. These mud wasps are different than other wasps. They burrow into the earth (preferably damp earth, but can still burrow if the earth is dry.) There are channels undergroound all over the place, so it's best to get an expert in to get rid of them. Smoke is usually used or an environmentally safe solution. I had these wasps burrowed under a huge English Ivy in my rockery and my husband and his friend went out in the evening (this is when wasps are at their most dormant time in a 24 hour period) and they used smoke canasters and then stuck a hose in and drowned them. Yes, bees and hornets can drown. However, I wouldn't suggest this and it's best to get an expert in to get rid of them once and for all.

I had a ground bee problem that only realized after I had been stung eight times and my breathing began to be labored! After the hospital, I went to a farmer's co-op and got a Bonid powder bomb. Waited until it was dark and cool, sprayed that bomb right into the hole and covered it with a plastic cover. As of this morning I didn't see any activity around the hole. For a larger area I'm not sure it would work.

Use a tarp. In 48 - 72 hrs. they will be gone and it will be a done deal without chemicals and with only minimal damage to your yard. steve. pgh.

Great idea - this worked wonders for a family friend. She used one black tarp a friend had lent her, then used a number of clear tarps she bought at the store. They were left on the ground (held in place by small logs) for about a week, and at the end, there was a large spot of dead grass where the black tarp had been, but under the clear tarps the grass was healthy. Neatly got rid of the bees as well without pesticides. -Mattcelt

My dad is an exterminator. Depending on what type of bee, becuse there is a such thing as a "carpentar ant" that lives in the ground and will kill your yard. Normally, it would be wasps that are in the ground. Go to a hardware store (Lowe's , Home Depot, ect.) and try to find a powdered form of Dianzinon(sp.).with a powder, they walk in it and take it back to the nest. iF that does not work, contact a local exterminator.

Use a wet dri vac. Put it at the entrance and turn it on. It sucks them up fast. To make sure they are dead spray some bee killer in the hose while it is running. It kills them fast and it is easy to dispose of, too.

OK, I will use your wet/dry vac idea, although, I prefer pouring gasoline down the hole and watching them burn. But, you can always try new things! That is a good idea Ana Mouse. I shall recomend you.

Dump a bucket of soapy water (Ex. Dawn, Liquid soap, oxy clean)you may mix them, then dump some insect repellent in your mixture. Dump it down the hole/entrance of the nest. If you can't get near it during the day when the bees are active, you can dump it at night. NOTE: Just to be safe, after you dump the bucket, RUN. You have about 10-20 sec. to leave the area before the bees will attack. Or, in other words, don't stay around to see the bees come out! Be sure to keep the soil soaked all times around the nest and entrance because the bees hate wet soil. And, the entrance should cave in from being wet, therefore, trapping the queen and most bees inside. the bees that are trapped OUTside the nest will eventually leave. Also, bees hate moth balls. You may put them down the entrance hole and scatter them on top of the land right around the opening. You can also put the moth balls in a pantyhoe or sock and hang it above the entrance. Also, you can also hang, at night, a bug-zapper above the entrance and run an extention cord to an outlet, but don't plug it in yet, plug it in in the morning and it will take a day or two, but it should work. I hope all this will help you.

I have used everything from Gasoline to bleach. The thing that works best for me is a railroad-fuzzie, sometimes called a flare. Light it, stick it in the hole, cover the hole with some type of metal. Trust me it'll work everytime!!!! ................Jan D. Bartrom. Indiana

Pouring gasoline down the hole has worked for me. But, it must be done WELL after dark. If you do it before all bees return for the night only those in the nest at the time are killed. The others just go and find another area close by to get underground again. So, kill them ALL by doing the gasoline thing WELL after dark when ALL have returned to the nest. There is no need to light the gasoline to accomplish this. Not only is it NOT necessary, it is VERY dangerous.

Contrary to some advice here, do not pour gasoline down the hole, whether you plan to light it or not. It is environmentally wrong to do so, not to mention illegal (Federal Law). What laws? FIFRA, for starters, and the Clean Water Act and probably a lot more, including state laws. Plus, have you ever seen what gasoline does to grass? You won't have any grass left around the hole where you poured gasoline. And if there are any shrubs or trees nearby you may kill them as well if you manage to nail the roots in your zeal to kill a few bees. Go to the garden center and find an insecticide that is labeled for ground bees and follow the instructions on the label. Alternatively, you could try to vacuum them up with a shop vac, as someone else suggested. Or just try to let them be if possible. Mow around them and come back at night and mow the patch you skipped.

Old 05-10-07, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Munchos
I would highly suggest to just leave them bee.
Well I thought it was funny!

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