Ground bees can be one of the largest outdoor pests to homeowners. Unlike bees which have nests in trees and shrubs, ground bees are dangerous because anyone can step onto their nest. This would cause the bees to be provoked and attack an individual. Luckily, there are several methods to remove the ground bees from your home and yard.
One of the most environmentally friendly ideas is to cover the nest with several large tarps. These tarps should be big enough to cover the nest whole as well as several feet in each direction of the nest. Placing tarps over the nest with heavy logs/stones/bricks on each side of the tarps. Make sure to do this at night in order to have as many of the bees in the nest as possible. Wear dark colors so that you do not attract any bees while placing the tarps on top. This method is one of the most environmentally friendly methods that can be used.
Another method involves pouring chemicals down the bees nest. These chemicals can be toxic and/or dangerous to animals and the yard surrounding the ground bee nest. Chemical powders and sprays are available for purchase at your local home improvement store. Try to find a chemical product that is specialized for ground bees, not any type of bees.
Professional exterminators can respond to remove the bees from your yard. Many of these exterminators charge a set fee for visiting the location and then charge an hourly fee plus materials to remove the bees. This process can become extremely expensive rather quickly. Bee keepers offer another option for homeowners. Some professional bee keepers are attempting to locate as many bees as possible and will come to your home to remove them. They may not be available to come out to your home for days and they may/may not be able to remove all of the bees.
There are several methods that you do not want to use when trying to get rid of bees that nest in the ground. One of the worst methods that you could use is putting gasoline into the nest. Gasoline is extremely flammable. Any gasoline poured into a nest that is ignited could burn for hours. Fire departments have had to respond to gasoline fires and they take some time to put out. Also, pouring gasoline into the nest could cause groundwater damage as well as violates federal, state and local laws. Do NOT try to flush out the ground bees with a simple water hose. Water is not going to do anything but fill the hole that the bees were in. It is not going to remove the bees or cause the bees to evacuate. Do NOT try to pour drain cleaner or any poison not meant for ground bees down into the ground. These substances are just like gasoline and are not safe for the groundwater.
Be extremely careful when trying to remove ground bees. There are many different methods that can be used and each should be used with extreme caution. Anytime that you are stung, it may be worth calling a professional exterminator to remove the ground bees from your home.