Getting Rid of Underground Bumble Bee Nest


How should I go about getting rid of a bumble bee nest in the ground? They take offense at our mowing the lawn. I've heard those nests can get very large under ground if left alone.

Lynn from Albany, NY



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By Regina Arlauckas 27 203 10/03/2007

Uh -dumping fuel on the ground is not very environmentally smart - not to mention illegal in many locations. I have read of dumping soapy water with bug spray mixed into it into the nest at night, as well as covering it tightly with plastic trash bags so they overheat and cannot escape (weigh it down with logs). The OSU website gives some info on different kinds of bees that nest in the ground and some chemicals you can use: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2143.html

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By Jean from Mississippi (Guest Post) 10/04/2007

I had that same problem a couple of years ago.
After being stung twice, I emptied an entire can of wasp/hornet spray onto the area.
Those cans are designed to spray a stream about 25 feet, so you don't have to get too close to the nest.
It worked!
It also killed the grass in that area for several months, but I considered that a very small price to pay.

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By Beth 5 131 10/03/2007

Personally, I like pouring in a bit of diesel fuel and then lighting it with a long stick. I've heard other people use boiling water, but where's the fun in that? It doesn't burn too long, and it's like having a little eternal flame in your yard! Just be sure to hose it down afterwards, since it's been so dry.

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By C. R. 10/04/2007

I had the same problem not long ago, yellow jackets nest in the ground. I went out at night and pored some amonia in the hole - about a pint - no more yellow jackets. good luck.

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By Kim 1 15 10/04/2007

We live in Northern New Hampshire and we have these awful hornet/bee's called white jackets, they are white and black instead of yellow and black. Some of these nests can be huge underground. The only thing I have ever heard/ used is pour in gasoline and light it. I don't think we ever used much gasoline.

We were lucky one time something actually dug the nest out, we think a raccoon, or something about that size.

I would definitly check with the Fish and Game Department if you have one, or the EPA in your state they may be able to give you better idea's.

Also if you do use gasoline or its equivalent you really want to be careful, or have someone who has done it before do it. It is very dangerous.

Best of Luck

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By Rob 5 14 10/05/2007

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By Trish (Guest Post) 10/05/2007

7 dust 10 % just throw a couple of cups full over hole try to get as much as you can in the hole it works every time!

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By Tammy TN (Guest Post) 05/06/2008

I had a problem last year and peppermint oil mixed with baking soda, vinegar and water worked well. This may sound crazy but if you ask them to move to a area in your neighborhood not populated by people, they will respond. Just ask to be connected with the deva of the bees and send a mental picture to them of where you want them to go. Worked for me.
Best of luck to you and the bees

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