How do I get rid of an unground bumble beehive?


  5 answers
  • Em Em on Sep 06, 2018

    The easiest chemical free way is to wait until dark when they are in the hive and pour boiling water in the hole. Be prepared to pour several buckets in at once, which may require you to be prepared to get enough boiling water, not waiting in between pours. So it may require a neighbors help if you do not have enough big pots. We use large buckets like two gallon. Pour fast enough for the water to fill the hole entirely as some of the tunnels can go pretty far.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 06, 2018

    I've tried spray and gasoline but they are still buzzing. I am following to see what is suggested. Mine are yellow jackets.

  • Ann Ann on Sep 06, 2018

    we are losing all bees to viruses and need every bee to pollinate flowers and vegs and fruit trees-could you just put a small wire fence around the area and wait until fall/winter to not destroy them?

    • Ginny Ginny on Sep 06, 2018

      I agree. Not happy with killing them. A wire fence might work.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Sep 06, 2018

    These are normally called ‘ground bees’. There are also ‘ground wasps’. They can be dangerous for several reasons. If you get them riled up they will defend their hive which can cause multiple stings, and even if you are not allergic to bee stings everyone succumbs to multiple stings. Another reason they are dangerous is because you don’t know how many bees are in the hive. Below is an article about ground bees and how to get rid of them. It lists both chemical means, and a recipe for making a spray that doesn’t use any chemicals.

  • Ann Ann on Sep 06, 2018

    Zard has a good answer-no chemicals