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I have a flying bug in my front yard that resembles a bee, but is much bigger. It has dug 2 big holes at the edge of my grass. One hole has a mound of sand next to it. The other has a channel of sand. I don't know if they are dangerous. This is right next to my walk way. Please help.
It could be a hornet or yellow jacket. They can hurt you with their stings. You need to find and destroy the nest. Do this before twilight, when they return to the next.
Here are a few bees like flying insects:
One, solitary bees - normally bees, wasps and hornets live in a social group. However, there are a few species of bees that live singly.
Two, it could be a digger bee or mining bee. They too are solitary insects and they dig small burrows in the soil.
Three, ground asps are solitary wasps that dig into the soil for nesting. There are several different kinds of ground nesting wasps. They include, scolid, spider, and cicada killer wasps.
There are several different kinds of "bugs" that resemble bees that make burrows in the ground and some of them are very beneficial as they eat other bad bugs, grubs, pollinate plants, and eat other arthropods in lawns, so please read about them before getting rid of them.
Some may sting but it appears they more or less have to become agitated to sting.
Here are a couple of links that have information on all of this type bug and some photos to help you know which ones you have.
It sounds like a Burrowing Bee. They are a type of bee that lives a fairly seclusive life and are pretty harmless to humans if left alone, but are good for the garden and flowers. Here is a very informative article: entomology.cals.cornell.edu/
Most Carpenter Bees burrow in something wood, hence the carpenter bee name. There are some other bees that burrow in the ground like hornets, but you would find them to be quite aggressive.
In the beginning of April we found small mounds of soil with a small hole in the middle. They were all in a round soil circle that we dug out in the lawn. We have seen a fly that came out and it was the shape of a house fly, but bigger. It has clear wings, and it's body is a rusty brown down each side and the rest, is black.
We have tried putting all sorts of products down the holes, including ant powder, but nothing works. My husband drenched the soil completely, but then the next day found 5 more holes. A few made holes in the lawn next to the soil patch. We're worried as we don't know what they are, and also how many eggs they are laying. Is there anything we can kill them with? And would it be safe to dig up the soil in winter to take any nests and eggs out?
It could be some kind of digger bee. If you can trap some and bring it to a place that sells pesticides, or send a picture of it to your cooperative extension center it would help