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How to Get Rid of Small Ground Bees

By Sarah Coennen
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Bees have several different ways to nest, including in communal nests or underground burrows. Bees in general are a concern for home owners because they can be aggressive and sting, create damage to homes and other buildings, and destroy plants and planting ground. Bees will become aggressive when attacked or trapped. These pests need to be eradicated from their nests, and their nests need to be destroyed.

Put on thick clothing and safety goggles to avoid being stung.

Locate all of the underground burrows from small bees. Burrows normally appear in loose soil and they look like drill holes. The holes are typically around 1/2 inch in diameter, and they can be anywhere in your yard, so a thorough inspection is necessary. Communal nests, which house several bees, look the same as single nests, and they can be treated the same way.

Sprinkle borax into the underground burrows. Do this in the evening when the bees are in their burrows. A few granules is sufficient for each nest. At this point, do not stomp on the nests to close them up. The borax will stick to the bees' legs, and when they go out the next day, they will carry it around and possibly transfer it to other bees.

Repeat the process the next evening.

Stomp down or fill holes with sand and gravel the day after the second treatment.


Things You Will Need

  • Borax
  • Sand or gravel
  • Work boots
  • Clothing that covers exposed skin
  • Safety goggles