Bees, wasps, and hornets are often the primary flying stinging pests that most avoid. Their painful attacks and allergic reactions leave most people avoiding these tiny little critters like the plague. Some of these insects have beneficial gain; like bees for instance pollinate and some produce honey. But even with the advantages, when we see them close to our homes and businesses, we often call in the professionals to extract them from the premises. Typically, their hives can be seen in aerial views and that’s where people start searching when they see these stinging insects nearby, but certain species of bees, wasps, and hornets are a little unorthodox. They prefer to fashion their homes in the ground. Ground bees, hornets, and wasps can just as easily be infiltrating your property grounds. Today, we at Source Pest Control would like to relate some basic information concerning ground bees, hornets, and wasps.
Ground Nesting Bees
Ground bees burrow in the ground, they fashion small mounds in the soil, very much like the mounds an ant colony forms, but with larger entry holes. Ground bees typically hover just above the area during the active day time with their comings and goings from the burrow. Lawns and gardens are more favorable ground and there the ground bees dig their nests right in the soil. Spring is their more active season, as they make their rounds to pollinate the spring blooms like most other bees. Some of the more common species of ground bees include; mining bees, sweat bees, and digger bees. Ground bees are not like their aerial cousins that have a social structure in the hive, they are solitary bees. Excavating their nests in the ground, the females will produce offspring and care for them; bringing them provisions of nectar and pollen until they are mature. Even though they are solitary, ground bees will often be grouped in close proximity with each other. The males will patrol the common are in search for a willing female. Female ground bees feature a stinger, but when it comes to flight or fight, they will choose flight more often than not, and will only sting as a last resort if they feel threatened. Males do not have a stinger and are more docile; however, during mating season they will act aggressive. Sweat bees are the most invasive of the ground bees, because as their name suggests, they are attracted to the sweat of humans and will perch on you to satisfy their cravings. These bees have stingers, but will only use it if you instigate a fight with a swat in their general direction.
Ground Hornet Identification
Ground hornets are actually imposters. They are a sub-species of digger wasps, and are more commonly referred to as cicada killers in the pest control industry. Ground hornets are the largest of the digger wasps found in the country. Ground hornets, like ground bees do not have social colonies and live solitarily. They too are considered beneficial in controlling the cicada population. Ground hornets are not aggressive in nature and will only attack if they feel threatened. They do however become a nuisance when your lawn or garden gets over populated and their nesting habits riddle it with holes.
Yellow Jackets & Other Ground Burrowing Wasps
Yellow jackets and digger wasps are the most common species of ground wasps. Yellow jackets usually build their nests underground, but will construct their hives above ground places that are sheltered. Dark locations such as crawl spaces, wall voids, fallen trees and thick bushy vegetation are a more attractive location to them. Ground wasps are either solitary or social pests, depending on their species. Ground wasps do not often attack unless they believe their nest is compromised by a perceived threat. It is then their aggressive side will manifest and they will deliver painful stings repeatedly.