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    For the past few years we have had bees nesting in our heather bush and I now wish to dig up this bush. Is this safe to do at this time of year?

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    What kind of bees, Neil? And what do the nests look like? Can you see the bees or the nests now?
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    Hi Kitta

    Sorry I don't know what type of bees they are and I can't see the bees or the nest at the moment. The heather bush has become so overgrown and looking a bit sad, so that is why I want to remove it. In previous years we could see a hole in the earth below the heather and we assumed this is where the nest was.
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    Wasps - they love nesting under heather bushes

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    If theyíre wasps, BBP, then itís likely that the nest is empty now - unless a queen is hibernating in there. Should Nell wait maybe a little bit longer to give any queen that might be there time to leave and search for a new nesting site?
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    Actually, do wasps use holes in the ground? If the bees used a hole in the ground, might they not be bumble bees or miner bees?

    If bumble bees - then, again, as for wasps, perhaps only an overwintering queen. I donít know about miner- or other bee types.
    Kitta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellifera Crofter View Post
    Actually, do wasps use holes in the ground?
    Yes, frequently. They are able to enlarge the cavities as the next expands, unlike most social bees that nest underground where they are limited to the size of the "hole" they find.
    Solitary bees and wasps are quite capable of digging their own holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellifera Crofter View Post
    Actually, do wasps use holes in the ground? If the bees used a hole in the ground, might they not be bumble bees or miner bees?

    If bumble bees - then, again, as for wasps, perhaps only an overwintering queen. I donít know about miner- or other bee types.
    Kitta
    They use holes in the ground in our garden. Then the badgers come along and dig them up..
    Saves on digging I suppose

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