Daily Archives: September 30, 2012

Sent:Saturday, September 29, 2012 1:34 PM

Subject: Ground bees
Dear Margriet
We have a bee problem in our garden in Aston Tirrold in the UK
I found your details on the web.  See this video.  Any idea how we can manage this?
Please do feel free to use the video!   Justin K.
Hello Justin,
Thank you for your inquiry- from the UK!
Whow- I have never seen something like this.  What a wonderful sight.  If you are a bee person like myself, I would be delighted to have these in my garden because bees are a pretty precious commodity.
 I would make a special patch for the bees, by surrounding this area with a border of rocks and plants.  They obviously like the soil and the drainage of your garden. 
 
I assume you don’t want to destroy them, but control them in some way.  Nature is pretty good at controlling populations.  I would expect that growth of this bee has occurred over the past few years and that a drop in the population  is inevitable in the next few years.
 
If you do decide to arrange a border around this population, and it begins to extend beyond the border, you could water down the area to slow them down a bit.  But of course this would depend on the depth of their nests.
 
I think it is a great clip.  Hope this helps and keep us posted on what you decide to do.-  Margriet
reply from Justin
Thank you!
Will let you know how it goes