Ground-nesting bees can be encouraged to move to another location by sprinkling water on their nests. These docile bees do not form colonies and each nest is home to a solitary bee. However, they do tend to nest close to each other so there may be more than one nest in the area.Continue Reading
Though several types of bees sometimes nest in the ground, miner bees are the type that are referred to as ground-nesting bees. These bees do not form hives but instead make underground nests with entrances that are small piles or patches of bare soil. They prefer dry soil, so simply dampening the area with water is often enough to make them move.
An individual queen bee inhabits each nest and raises her young. Male bees stay in the area, but are harmless as they have no sting. In fact, ground-nesting bees are generally gentle and do not tend to sting people. The nests are harmless to gardens, and once abandoned, soon disappear. The bees themselves are useful pollinators of native plants in the United States.
Yellowjackets are a type of wasp that sometimes nest in the ground too. To remove yellowjackets in a ground nest, pour a solution of soap and water into the nest. If this method fails, use an insecticide approved for use in lawns, preferably as a dust, not a liquid.Learn more about Invasive Insects
To get rid of bees and mud wasps, kill them, remove their nests so that they can't return and make the area undesirable to them. Take precautions to prevent stings while killing insects and removing their nests.Full Answer >
To repel bees, cover any sweet scents on yourself such as perfume or lotion. Hide food scents with cloves, mint or even a pot of marigolds. Avoid using floral patterns on clothing or outdoor furniture, as bees are also attracted to fake flowers.Full Answer >
There are a number of natural techniques used to repel bees and wasps without harming them. Bees and wasps are drawn to sweet smells such as honey, fruit or perfume and avoid strong smells such as peppermint or cinnamon. Use these smells to keep bees away from your space and your body.Full Answer >
Get rid of bees in an organic, nontoxic way by luring them away with sweet smelling fruit. It can take several days for bees to permanently leave a location. You need a sandwich bag and fresh fruit such as mangos or pears.Full Answer >