Bees & Compost

Does anyone know if bees can be a problem with a compost bin. I have recently started composting and I am worried that bees may vist and cause a problem. Chukie
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Hornets will make nests most anyplace, but I have not seen them in the compost pile. If your compost pile is active, it will be too hot for most insects. I have had reptiles lay eggs in the compost, though.
On 7 Mar 2005 17:02:39 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@myfam.com wrote:

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Hmmm. Bees look for pollen, so I don't think they'd be interested in the compost for that. And they need somewhere to live -- either hives or in the ground, so I don't think that would attrack them either. So my guess is no, they shouldn't be a problem. In addition, I've handled a lot of compost questions/problems and never heard of anything concerning bees. Or wasps or hornets, for that matter. Hope this helps! Suzy O Milwaukee, WI

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snipped-for-privacy@myfam.com wrote:

There are many sorts of bees & some of them burrow into soft soil or upturned turf to establish a hive. If your compost isn't "hot" then it's just loose stuff for the ground bees to burrow in. But if you keep the compost damp & stirred it will heat up from decomposition & it will not be an interesting spot for bees. Not that bees are a "problem." They are a benifit to the garden, & it is nice flowers they'll be visiting most.
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There's your answer :>)
The only problem with bees and compost is that when you apply it to flowers, they grow more flowers and attract more bees.
John in Houston
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Last year I discovered a small colony of bees in my compost pile in the spring. Though I had accidentally disturbed them -- they were the nicest bees I can imagine. They didn't sting me, though I stayed in the vicinity for some time. I let them stay there until some weeks later I found that the hive had moved elsewhere (well, I hope that's what happened).
Your species may vary. These would be welcome back any time. Yellowjackets and the like -- no thanks!
    -frank
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Are they bees or yellow jackets? If they're yellow jackets, consider putting a few of Rescue yellow jacket traps around, you can pick them up from almost any hardware store.
http://www.rescue.com/Products/DisposableYellowjacketTrap.asp
-S
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A "rescue" trap for yellow jackets?
Wow...
So, like, where do you let them go at? And how fast do you run?
:>)
John

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:) Doesn't really rescue them, it's the brand name, rescues the home owner. You fill the trap with water or apple juice, the yellow jackets. They get inside the trap, fly around until they tire, then they fall in the water and drown.
Now if only state executions used the same method. Push Scott Peterson overboard somewhere in the atlantic, point him in the general direction of the nearest land...after all he thought it was a humane way to kill his pregnant wife.
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If you have yellow jackets just put cumcumber peel in your compost pile. Yellow jackets hate cucumbers. Susie :-))
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