Why Are Bees Coming Out of the Ground?

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Bee Emerging from the ground.In the past few days, we have received several calls from homeowners who have noticed small bees emerging from holes and flying close to the ground. These are solitary ground nesting bees. They are not aggressive, so don’t worry about getting stung.

Solitary bees are also great pollinators, so we don’t recommend using pesticides to kill them. They don’t live very long, and will disappear in about 3 weeks. If their nesting activity is unsightly or bothersome, NC State Extension Specialist Dr. Steven Frank offers some suggestions for discouraging them.

Learn more about these interesting insects from MSU Extension.