See that little mound that looks like an ant hill with a wider entrance? Apparently these are solitary bees and they play an important role as pollinators… but they can be disconcerting!
It’s the female that digs and provisions her own nest with pollen and nectar.
Ground bees are not aggressive. They can sting but rarely do, only if threatened.
Solitary bees make their nests in early spring in dry soil… our garden plots provide the perfect conditions! With such a dry spring, the conditions are extra perfect. They will eventually move out.
And apparently, they are not disturbed by activity around them. That might be different if you dig up their nest! T
he easiest and least toxic method of controlling ground bees is simply to water the area. A thick layer of mulch on bare garden beds will also make it less desirable for ground bees.
But the question remains… do we have ground bees or ground wasps??? Apparently, some wasps are ground nesters too.
Oh, dear. Help?