why are bees attacking my heath shrubs? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by avongal101
March 8, 2009
Bees are attacking my newly purchased heath shrubs -- I might have to return the shrubs because the bees are a danger to my grandchildren all under three years old. The weather in my area has been 60 degrees for a couple of days -- is that why the bees are attacking? I know bees are good for the environment, but there are just too many hovering over the heath shrubs. How long will this last --


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Answer from NGA
March 8, 2009

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Bees are forever in search of nectar, which might be why they are so interested in your new heathers. It might be that the plants are the only things in bloom right now. When they stop blooming, the bees will go elsewhere. If the plants are not in bloom at this time, perhaps they are not honeybees but ground nesting bees instead. If this is the case, you have disturbed their underground nest and they are trying to figure out what the plants are doing in their territory. Ground nesting bees are a little more difficult to control but they do like dry ground so you may be able to discourage them by turning on a sprinkler several times a day for several days in a row. The water will effectively repel them. Hope this information helps!

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