The Q&A Archives: Bees Nest In Compost Bin

Question: Unfortunately a rather large colony of yellowjackets has taken up residence in the corner of my compost bin. The bin is constructed with wooden trellis so it would be very hard to spray anything into the hive. I can't even turn over the compost let alone use it. How do I get them to vacate? Thanks.

Answer: Ground nesting bees can usually be controlled by covering their entrance with an inverted bowl or bucket and leaving that in place for several days. Cover the hole in the evening when they are inside the nest. I hope this works for you. Alternatively you might contact a pest control professional to remove them.

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