What kind of bees are these??

Alexandria, VA

I work outdoors five days a week conducting excavations and have been for several years. This has made me a target for stinging insects on occasion. Recently, while working in a fallow corn field I disrupted a large number type of burrowing bees or maybe wasps. They resemble honey bees slightly but were coming from small 1/4" diameter holes in the ground. They seemed reluctant to leave the safety of their burrows but once they did they just flew around close to the ground. They did not seem capable of stinging and to my amazement worked unharmed all day. I hope my intrusion did not do any lasting harm.

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

Those are probably carpenter bees that were hibernating.

Milton, FL(Zone 8a)

yellow jackets.These wasps live in the ground and look a little like honeybees.They are very agressive when their hive is disturbed.I'm sure you found that out.

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

Yellow jackets will usually attack. These apparently did not and according to the author of this thread had no stingers to speak of.

Milton, FL(Zone 8a)

Perhaps there are more than one kind of "carpenter bees".The kind we have here are bumblebees and look nothing like honeybees.They make a nuisance of themselves by boring into wood frame structures like my barn.

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

Carpenter bees are generally not a nuisance animal:

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2074.html

Milton, FL(Zone 8a)

>>Carpenter bees are generally not a nuisance animal:

They aren't??You need to read the link you posted,beginning with the second line and continuing through "Habits".

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

I did read it.

Maybe you should do more than skim through and read past the part about how they can be a nuisance:

"Carpenter bee damage to wood initially is minor, and carpenter bees seldom cause consequential structural damage. "

If you have a carpenter bee problem, I suggest a fresh coat of paint on your barn. That's usually enough to keep them away.

Milton, FL(Zone 8a)

My barn is well painted and I can tell you ,from experience, that carpenter bees don't pay any attention to paint that's more than six months old.I personally don't consider hundreds of 3/8ths inch holes and their attendant tunnels to be a minor nuisance.Just a wild guess here but you have no personal experience with these bees, do you?I can guarantee you that no farmer,here in the south, consideres them harmless.

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

I have personal experience with them. They are all over my garage.

Milton, FL(Zone 8a)

>>>I have personal experience with them. They are all over my garage.
AAAhhhhhh,then maybe a good coat of paint.........

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

It took care of them last time and they haven't caused any structural damage, so I leave them alone. I like having pollinators around. ;-)



This message was edited Jun 19, 2008 6:41 PM

Allen, TX

If you want to get rid of them, spray starter fluid from an auto parts place (or anything else that has ether in it) into the hole. If you don't have too many, you can also just plug the hole with a cork (sold at craft shops). Both methods are not too friendly to the bees, but they have worked for me.

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