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Charles from Colesville, Md writes,
03/04/2015:

How to eliminate ground bees a 10 year battle for me?

The bees live in a hill side that is covered by juniper. The soil type is poor and if there are dry areas, they will migrate to those areas as evidenced by swarming and multiple holes in the ground. Last year a nest of yellow jackets moved in and remained well after the original bees had all disappeared. I need help eliminating this problem because the juniper bush where the infestation is occurring is along the staircase heading to my front door, which is also the main entrance. Use Demon WP Insecticide?

Answer:

Ground bees, also known as digger bees, can be very difficult to control no matter what product you use and they most likely will come back to your property year after year unless you do your part to alter your property to make it unfavorable to the bees. Ground bees prefer dry soils with thin grasses so irrigating the area frequently and correcting any issue that causes your grass to be thin will help deter the bees from nesting. In areas where you do not have grass, a layer of mulch will help deter the bees from nesting. Ground bees are solitary bees and are not very aggressive and are known to be a beneficial insect which is why you will not find any products specifically labeled for this type of bee. Talstar P can help provide some level of control but it will not get rid of all of the ground bees on your property. You should use Talstar P at a 1 oz of product to 1 gallon of water for a 1,000 sq ft area ratio. This will give you the fastest knockdown and the longest lasting residual. Talstar P does not offer an instant knockdown but will kill insects that come into contact with treated areas over a short period of time.

Answer last updated on: 03/05/2015

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