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Re: ground bees

ever see flies on sh*&? Well if the train layout was a pile of crap,
that is what it looks like. You can not step anywhere without a bunch
swarming around your ankles. And now that I have weeded it and disturbed
them all, they are just flying around the ground trying to get back in.
To be honest, when I first started/saw them, I thought something must be
dead in there with all those flies, then realized they were not flies,
they were bees. I think every bee in the county is nesting here.

I can't believe I have that many bad bugs to keep that population fed. I
still think I need to decrease the population..or at least transport
some of them. They need to go about 40 ft west and pollinate that veggie


cathy carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net> wrote:
  Agree completely. Yellow jackets and hornets are the only bee/wasps 
that I will attempt to exterminate, and those only if nesting near 
people or where I mow. Solitary bees are great pollinators. Bumblebees 
nest in the ground, too, but they are communal, frequently utilizing 
abandoned mouse burrows. Solitary wasps prey on the "bad guys" in your 
garden. Please try to coexist with them!
cathy carpenter
west central IL, z5b

On Jul 6, 2008, at 2:28 PM, DP wrote:

> If they're black, or definitely not yellow jackets, leave them since 
> they're beneficial. As you say, they're not aggressive. Most "ground 
> bees" are solitary nesters and destroy Gypsy Moth, Broccoli worms 
> and other caterpillars.
> If they're Yellow Jackets, there will be one central hole. It can be 
> treated with a long-reach spray in the evening, or dusted with Sevin 
> or another insecticide (also at night so you don't tick them off and 
> get stung) .
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" 
> To: "gardenchat list" 
> Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 1:59 PM
> 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?
>> Donna
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