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, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
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!
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.
-paghat the ratgirl
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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!
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.
:) 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
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
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