Ground Bee


Ground bee is the common name for several species of insects that make their nests in the ground. More often than not, ground bee is the common name used locally to describe a species of yellowjackets. A mature yellowjacket nest (colony) can contain 1000-2000 adults. This insect is fairly easy to recognize by the distinct yellow and black stripe-like pattern.

Safe Ground Bee Removal

The yellowjacket is notorious for disturbing many cook-outs, gardening chores and other outside activities. Depending on the species, yellowjackets can vary in size from 1/3″ to 3/4″. Colonies nesting underground (this species is often referred to as the ground bee) cause many, nasty incidents each year due to the fact that the nest is discovered by accident and the yellowjackets attack rapidly and aggressively. Their nests can be found in mulch beds, next to posts, in the ground in the middle of the yard, retaining walls and in many other areas not easily visible. They feel threatened, when vibrations caused by weed-whackers, lawn mowers, vegetation removal or even simple movement disrupts them and puts them on the ‘defensive’ by becoming ‘offensive.’
*VERY IMPORTANT: Avoid the dangerous practice of pouring gasoline on the entrance. It is safer by far to contact Bee Control at 412-765-0335.

This aggressiveness is also associated with the yellowjacket species that constructs visible nests in shrubs, trees, on the exterior of buildings, beneath decks, bridges, etc. Removal of these colonies is best left to the professionals of Bee Control who are experienced in hunting, locating and eliminating/exterminating all Yellowjacket species including ground bees.  There can be no doubt that yellowjacket colonies underground, in vegetation or on the exterior of buildings can cause a great deal of anxiety to people and animals.


Many would agree that a third and very common scenario can prove to be the most upsetting for property owners and demands even greater Emergency Extermination response from Bee Control. Under these circumstances, Yellowjackets frequently establish nests in wall, ceiling and attic cavities. This yellowjacket constructs its nest in wall, ceiling and attic cavities, where the nest is rarely visible. Evidence of their presence is usually indicated by constant traffic flying in and out of a small gap, crack, etc. on the outside of the building. Unfortunately, this yellowjacket has a strong tendency to chew through drywall and occasionally plaster, entering a building in substantial numbers without warning. An active colony can very often be heard ‘chewing’, the noise created being a distinctive scratching, crackling and ticking combination. Subsequently, the yellowjackets chew through completely and enter the living or workspace.

VERY IMPORTANT: When experiencing an interior nest, avoid at all costs blocking or sealing the outside entry point(s). Also, if you see discoloration on the inside wall or ceiling that may look like a damp spot, resist the temptation to touch it as it is very likely to ‘burst’ and the yellowjackets will pour into the building.

Contact Bee Control Today

If you are having a problem with ground bees, yellowjackets, or would like to protect your home from stinging insects, Bee Control can help. Call us today at (412) 765-0335. We service the entire Greater Pittsburgh area including the North Hills, South Hills, Sewickley, Richland, Ross Township, Cranberry Township, Wexford, Oakmont, Fox Chapel, Robinson Township, Moon, Mars, Hampton, Shaler, Monroeville, Penn Hills, Plum, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, Mount Lebanon, Green Tree, Oakdale, Imperial, Munhall, Dormont, Gibsonia, Coraopolis and surrounding areas.

We are available at all times to respond to situations involving stinging insect problems. Our involvement ranges from fully comprehensive prevention applications to emergency response.

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