I'd like to second the others...if the bees aren't bothering you, and it doesn't
sound like they are very agressive,
then leave them alone. They are probably busy pollinating all the plants in
your neighborhood. Take a look at this web
page...sounds like they might be digger bees, anthophorids.
If they were yellow jackets, and aggresive, they are easy to get rid of without
saturating the ground with chemicals
that will eventually get into the water supply. I've done it many times.
A real simple way to get rid of ground dwelling bees/wasps is to just
invert a glass bowl over the nest entrance. There's usually only one
entrance, and if the bees can see sunlight they dont bother to dig
another one. they just keep bumping into this "invisible force field"
that they cant figure out. After about a week, there's this ring of
dead bugs around the base of the bowl and the nest is gone. So if
there's room up against the foundation to fit the bowl over the hole,
wait till drk, pour a couple quarts of gasoline in the holes then cover
the holes with dirt use a gallon if you want... fumes will kill
them.this has never failed to work for me.lucas
I agree with the others, leave them alone if they're bumblebees.
Bumblebees are very very mellow. Unless of course the nest is in a
place it shouldnt be.
Yellow Jackets however, are a whole different matter. The simplest
way to get rid of Yellow Jackets (it'd probably work for Bumblebees
too) is to put a glass bowl or jar over the entrance hole to the nest.
The bees can see sunlight coming through the bowl so they think
everything is fine and they never try to dig a new entrance. It has
to be pretty sealed to the ground, dont want any exits under the bowl.
After about a week, they're all dead.
This is real simple and real cheap to remedy. First, if they are bees, leave
them alone as they're docile and beneficial. If they are wasps, such as
yellow jackets, approach the nest opening at night, place a clear plastic
bowl over the opening, pressed down tightly to the ground and place a weight
on it to keep it down. As long as the wasps can see daylight, they just try
to fly through the plastic and make no attempts to dig around or under it.
In a few days they will all starve and die.
I'm a layperson, but unless they are a pest to you and your family,
they help the trees and flowers.
I had a yellow jacket nest right outside my door, and I found much
success with a injecting an insecticidal power.
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My favorite way is to take a high speed fan (sometimes called a muffin fan)
and place it right next to the hole. As they come out or in they get sucked
into the fan and chopped to pieces. Only run it during the day. In two or 3
three days the nest is empty. Gotta watch out for pets though.,,,,maybe the
inverted bowl is better
Otherwise the pest people will tell you to get a powdered insecticide (sevin
or Drione) and puff it down the holes. Like pollen, the powder will stick to
their legs and get dragged deeper into the nest where it is ingested.
Liquid sprays usually just get the entrance and miss the main hive.
When I was 12, me and a friend attacked a huge wasp nest with a CO2 fire
extinguisher. It didn't kill them off, but it was really fun for about
15 seconds and we didn't get stung as much as you would think.
A few nights later we tried hitting it with bottle rockets. That didn't
work either. Even when we hit close to the nest, the bottle rocket just
bounced off before exploding.
So I would recommend either finding a Plan C, or making sure you have
more than one fire extinguisher.
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