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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have a solution for ground bees?
I have a nest by the back door in a pine bark mulch bed.
My usual trick is to cover the hole with a clear plastic or glass gallon jar and they fly around inside and die. On my second jar and noticed they found a third new entrance.
Because of the mulch they are finding escape routes too easily even though I covered the area at the base of the jars with rock dust.
Pyrotechnic solutions are not a good idea as this is right beside the house.
Wasp\hornet killer spray has not seemed to be effective?
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 10:51 AM
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Wait until just before dark or just before sunup. Make sure you have all the entrances closed off but one. Take a spray can of wasp and hornet killer and empty the entire can down the hole. Then close off the entrance. Problem solved. I did that two years ago to yellow jackets at my sportsman's club, we haven had a problem since.
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 03:07 PM
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Get a strong Shop-Vac and some protective gear; suck into the vac some Raid then turn the nozzel of the vac on the entrance hole and when necessary wave it around and get the dive bombers. When it becomes too uncomfortable for you to continue - STOP. Come back later and continue with this until they are gone. Once gone then fill the hole with some sort of foaming Yellow Jacket killer. Fire is seldom the smart thing to do because fumes travel ABOVE ground and tend to gather around bare legs, curious children, dogs and testicles, lots off people get hurt when using fire on them.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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Never a good idea to put anything flammable (wasp spray is flammable last I checked) in any type of vac. One spark from the vac motor, and boom! Now that could really hurt your testicles!
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I get them in the yard every summer. I just wait until dark and spray the hole with wasp spray. Works every time.
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Never a good idea to put anything flammable (wasp spray is flammable last I checked) in any type of vac. One spark from the vac motor, and boom! Now that could really hurt your testicles!

Woohaa! Good to know; guess I've been lucky so far.
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Warm water with a healthy overdose of dawn or other good quality dish soap.

Pour it down the hole.


Google it, it works.
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Warm water with a healthy overdose of dawn or other good quality dish soap.

Pour it down the hole.


Google it, it works.
No only does it work, buy you end up with a clean Bee hole.

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Warm water with a healthy overdose of dawn or other good quality dish soap.

Pour it down the hole.


Google it, it works.
No only does it work, buy you end up with a clean Bee hole.
well aren’t you punny!!!
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