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“There are a bunch of bees digging holes in my yard!” Looks like you may have Ground Bees.

“There are a bunch of bees digging holes in my yard!” Looks like you may have Ground Bees.

Ground Bees -Pest Control in Raleigh

There are several different species of this type of bee, but generally they are referred to as “Ground Bees”. The female digs a hole, deposits an egg, brings in pollen and nectar for the newly hatched to eat, seals the opening, and starts digging a new hole. What usually causes the “problem” are the male bees seen hovering over the area, either in effort to protect or to find a mate. The good news is that these hovering males do not and cannot sting; and it would be a rare occurrence for the female to sting. My advice is to not pick one up or put one in your mouth; otherwise, being stung should not be an issue.


“How do I persuade the ground bees to nest in someone else’s yard?” Pesticides are only a limited and temporary solution. The experts (Steve Frank, North Carolina Extension Entomologist) have written that ground bees prefer dry soil with patchy vegetation. Consistent watering of the area when they start digging should drive them away to find new nesting grounds. Then put out some grass seed or sod in order to keep them away next year.

Bee Good!