:) Well, I tried to take some pics of the bees themselves, but they refused to
:) sit still. They are constantly in motion, and appear to be about 1/2" in
:) length, and from what I could see when I tried to get close to them, they
:) appeared to be greyish in color and perhaps even kind of fuzzy. Very
:) strange looking for a bee, but I could be wrong since they move really
:) quickly. I'm in the process of putting some high resolution, non bandwidth
:) friendly pics of their home at http://www.nema.com/rob/bees
:) Posters, thanks for the info on chemical killers, I have no issues with
:) that. Is this the sort of stuff I could pick up at Home Depot or would I
:) need to find some sort of specialty store?
:) > :) We have an absolutely huge colony of wasps on a strip of lawn. There
:) > :) about a one foot tall mound of dirt that appears to be their main
:) > :) but they have literally hundreds of other entrances over a 30' x 8'
:) > :) At any given time during the day, there are dozens of bees all over
:) > :) stretch of yard. When we have guests over, this is the area they
:) > :) park in. How can I possibly kill a colony this large, there must be
:) > :) thousands of wasps.
:) > :)
:) > :)
:) > :)
:) > Rob, the description you are describing sounds more like Cicada Killer
:) > They are a solitary wasp that can nest in the same areas as many others. I
:) > have never known anyone personally who has been stung by them. Only the
:) > female has the stinger and she is usually only seen around the nest
:) > it with food. If they are Cicada Killers, they will be gone in a few weeks
:) > until next year. If you feel you need to do anything for them any sort of
:) > insecticide labeled for ground wasps/bees works fine, just have to hit
:) > individual opening. Digger bees would be another thought, but once again
:) > are solitary in nature nesting along side others. They can be a long term
:) > problem, but you can encourage them to move on by keeping the area wet. If
:) > you happen to get a pic of the wasps/bees please post them somewheres fore
:) > viewing or feel free to email them to me.
:) > --
:) > It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
The nesting site looks like what I see with digger bees rather than a wasp
colony. Here are a couple of pics of the bee found on the web.
An insecticide dust would probably be the best control if you go that route,
but you would need to apply it to every hole and new ones that will appear
the next couple of weeks. Supposedly you can make them move on by keeping the
area wet, but depending on how big an area it is, may not be practical. They
usually nest in semi barren locations and planting ground covers, if desired,
may discourage them from showing up next year.
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
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