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Old 04-03-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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The last few days I have noticed clusters of bees hovering around the ground in my backyard. They are very noisy and seem to collect in groups in small areas on the ground. The look like bumble bees, sort of fuzzy, but not as big.Anyone know anything about this?
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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Yellowjackets? They live in the ground and seem to love red clover.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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OMG. How do I get rid of them? We just moved here and had this land cleared. It's starting to sprout up now with all the rain. I tried wasp spay and Bengal. Neither seemed to do anything.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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I don't know what kind of bee it is, but I doubt if its yellowjackets this early in the spring. I suspect they are what we call dirt dobbers. They are a species of wasp and they are collecting mud to build their nest. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone.
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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Doh! I bet they are carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are common down here and they do indeed make a lot of noise. They make burrows into wood and lay eggs and store food there.

Carpenter bees are one of those critters that defends itself by looking like something no one wants to mess with - namely, a bumblebee. I'm pretty sure they don't sting. Evolution is a wonderful thing!
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:02 AM
 
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http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef611.asp

You might find someone through the MS Beekeepers Assoc. who is willing to help ou positively identify them.

http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/organizations/mshoneybee/Library/BeekeeperList.asp (broken link)
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:11 PM
 
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Why don't you calm down and find out if they are any kind of threat before you start with the poison and the sprays.
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