Mining bees are solitary, ground-nesting bees native to Wisconsin. They are commonly referred to as “Adrena” and look very similar to bumblebees. Mining bees are typically smaller and darker in color compared to bumblebees. They measure about ½ of an inch in length and are yellow, black, and white in color. Mining bees will only live about a month once they emerge in the spring to mate, reproduce, and prepare for the upcoming year. They are friendly, non-aggressive bees that typically do not sting unless provoked.
Why Do I Have Them?
Mining bees build their nests in the ground. They prefer loose, sandy, well-drained soil. Like the carpenter bee, mining bees are not social insects and build individual nests. Ground nests do not cause any damage to lawns; instead, it helps aerate the ground. Mining bees will nest on your property because it offers them a safe place to live and feed.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Mining bees are fairly harmless bees to humans. Males do not have stingers, and the female stingers are often too small even to penetrate human skin. These bees are beneficial insects to our environment as they help pollinate plants and aerate the ground with their nests. We recommend simply leaving them alone for the short time they are active in the spring.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Mining Bees?
If you are concerned about a mining bee nest on your property, our experienced technicians at Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control can safely remove beehives from your property and eliminate your stinging pest problem.