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Re: ground bees

There are some solitary bees that nest in bare dirt. Around here they are encouraging folks to leave some areas unmulched to encourage these bees. If that is the type you have, heavily mulching areas you want them to avoid should do the trick. I don't believe they sting. If you just need to decrease the immediate population, you can get a trap and bait it with sugar water or fruit or make one out of a plastic pop bottle. Cut off the top 1/3, place it upside down in the bottom & staple or tape it in place. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: "gardenchat list" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 10:59 AM
Subject: [CHAT] ground bees

While weeding (ok read pulling out the cover of weeds) the railroad
garden I have found it is infested with ground bees. I have hundreds of
them everywhere there. They are not aggressive, as no one got bit. But
they are all in a tither trying to dig in the dirt again.

What the heck are they? They sure look like a bees. How do I control
them? There are way too many to allow them to just stay. And if I do
succeed in stopping them, I am afraid they will just go elsewhere in the
yard. I need kill off some at least. Ideas?


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