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How to Kill Bees Underground in Flower Beds

By Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated September 21, 2017

Your flowers may be pleasing to the eye, but the flower bed itself can hide a nasty surprise in the form of underground nesting bees and wasps. These may emerge and attack you while you're enjoying your landscape or working among your plants. Such nests can have multiple exits and may cover a surprisingly large area under a garden bed. Treat these underground nests with insecticide to kill any underground bees and wasps and restore safety to your backyard.

Use pruning shears to trim back any flowers near the nest so that you can approach the area easily without disturbing the plants or ground, thereby causing inquisitive bees to emerge.

Monitor the underground bee or wasp nest to ensure there is just one exit. Sometimes, an underground nest will have multiple holes through which the bees or wasps can fly and attack you if you're not paying attention. Once you've identified the exit holes, wait until the early evening when the insects are less active.

Insert a funnel into any one of the exits from the underground bee or wasp nest.

Pour 32 oz. of liquid pyrethroid compound-based insecticide intended for bee and wasp control into the funnel, directing the liquid into the underground nest. Example compounds include allethrin, cyfluthrin and sumithrin, all available in commercially prepared bee and wasp products at most retail outlets and nurseries. The chemicals kill the insects upon contact.

Exit the area immediately. Wait for 24 hours before returning to the nesting area. Observe the area for any bee or wasp activity. The nest should be dead, but it may need retreating if it is an extensive underground network and some insects survived.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Funnel
  • Pyrethroid compound-based wasp and bee insecticide


  • Some bee and wasp species are beneficial to your garden, helping with pest control and pollination. Only get rid of underground bees or wasps for safety or health reasons.


  • Always follow the cautionary labels on any pesticides you handle, avoiding contact with your skin and wearing safety gear such as gloves.

About the Author


Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.