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There are several types of bees and wasps that live underground. Some are relatively mild mannered, while others, such as yellow jackets can be very aggressive. This is a guide about getting rid of ground dwelling bees.
Not all bees are the same. Bumble bees are relatively harmless, only stinging if harmed or the nest is threatened. They are very efficient pollinators and thus a necessary part of plant propagation. They tend to nest in out of the way areas of the garden and sometimes even underground (white tailed bumblebee).
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I have lots of Malayan Wild Bees coming to swarm around my lights at night. They are dangerous and a nuisance because I have to switch off practically all lights just to get rid of them. They seem to love to warmth around brightness emitted from these lights. What do I do to get rid of them? FIY, at the back of my house are Natural Forests.
You might try hanging the sticky fly catcher ribbons (the long ones) near your lights....they may land on them and be caught....I use them all the time for other flying insects...it works for me...
also, if it's the warmth they're after, try using compact flourescent bulbs instead of regular incandescent ones. the flourescent bulbs do no give off heat because they generate light by mixing chemical gases. the incandescent (aka: regular light bulbs) use 90% of the energy they consume to produce heat (the little filament inside the bulb gets so hot it glows...that's what produces the light)
GE makes a yellow "bug bulb". I've tried them and they work. Bonnie
We use flourescent bug bulbs in the front of our house. They work well, as far as attracting a minimum of insects.
Try using a rented industrial size sweeper with the hose rigged to the light pole. Attach an electrical cord that goes into your house.
How can I get rid of bees in a tree? I am interested in home remedies.
By Irene from Montclair, CA
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Please do not kill the bees! Bees are the vital link in the food chain, without them we all die because without them nothing is pollinated.
You could also run a search for a nearby beekeeper who would be overjoyed to come out and rescue those bees from your tree. Wild bees are especially rare nowadays but present the one true potential for saving our honey bees.
Hi, I agree with frugalsunnie about not injuring the bees. They are definitely a critical part of our ecosystem and a primary pollinator.
We had a huge swarm of bees in a tree in our back yard. We used craig's list to find someone to remove them in return for them keeping the bees.
All the bees here are in a big rubber garbage can. No roof or walls or hard to get places.I know there has to be a hive in it as they have been there for a couple years now. I'm too scared to move the can, but I have to get them out of my back yard. I don't want to kill them because it looks like there are tons of them in the can. I'm on Social Security and do not have the kind of money to pay an exterminator.