Advise: Bees digging holes in dirt (pictures)

topnotchveggieMay 28, 2008

I am seeking your assistance. In New Jersey we have a dirt/grass area where bees have dug holes (hills) in the dirt, similar to an an ant hill and it seems to be active since I have spotted them flying in/out and around. So far I identified nearly a couple dozen hills. Are you able to identify the type of bee and how do I effective treat the area and get rid of them since this location needs to be free and clear. I have posted images for reference. The images may not be the best quality. Thanks for your help.

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These types of bees are known as "burrowing bees" and they are absolutely harmless. This type of bee is actually not social; so even though there may be more than a few of them around your property, they are solitary and not part of a "hive." The chances of you being stung by one are virtually zero. Normally I would suggest a live bee removal if there were a hive or something of that nature. But the best advice for this situation is to just sit back and enjoy nature in this case. There isn't much you can do, since there isn't a localized swarm that you can kill. In fact, the bees are actually doing you a service by aerating the lawn, which is usually something you have to pay for. And like I said, there is no chance of getting stung unless you try to grab one.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 11:43AM
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This may be off-topic here, but I got here via a Google
search on "bees digging holes in dirt." Actually, (see
photo) it's more like sandstone. When I first saw this
site in February, it was mysterious. Today I went back
and it was swarming with bees. Okay, I thought, the bees
dug the holes...but in rock? Any light shed on this would
be welcome.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 10:23PM
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that picture looks like they just adopted the holes those holes were probably formed from a river long ago or something of that nature. you didn't take a picture of the bees so i can't tell you if they were mason bees or leaf cutter bees or if they were a more aggressive variety.

If you are interested about raising gentle bees or mason bees please visit my youtube channel i have a little info on how to do it.

Here is a link that might be useful: TheItalian Garden Mason beekeeping

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 2:53AM
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We also have small bees that live in the ground, in our front yard. They come out in the spring, and they seem to prefer foraging on the wild violets that are the first plants to flower here. These bees might be genus Andrena, but I am not certain. Also, we have bumblebees that live in ground nests. None of our bees are aggressive, and I have never been stung.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 10:50PM
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