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A section of our church c... #185726

Asked May 27, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

A section of our church cemetery is loaded with what appear to be 3 inch high bee hives similar to ant hills but larger. My websearch identifies them as ground bee nests. they are about a foot apart and located where visitors usually park their cars. I've found several websites that say they are beneficial insects and not dangerous, don't sting, and should be left alone. What do you suggest?

Prince George's County Maryland

Expert Response

Yes, you are seeing mining or ground bees.  Here is our online publication about them: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG104_Mining_Bees_an...

We'd recommend that you leave the bees alone if you possibly can.  Educate the ground maintenance crew.  They do not have long life spans and will be gone in a few weeks.  They will not be there all summer.  Thickening up the turf there by overseeding this fall will be helpful in discouraging them. 

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