On Mon, 03 May 2010 17:31:39 -0500, email@example.com (Dennis
They are carpenter bees. The major goal is to get them organized,
unionized, and able to build you a new garage. This requires special
I'd put a moth ball in the hole and patch it with plastic wood.
Someone told me to do this and it works pretty well.
None tried to sting me. Good too since I was 14 feet up a ladder. Of
course I didn't try to hit them or anything.
On May 3, 5:31 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dennis M) wrote:
I would get a garden sprayer and spray the wood with a oil sealer
preservative, it wont take long and the chemicals will keep out bees,
even mix in a bit of bug killer. it will really help preserve the
wood. There is Horticutural Oil a Pest Killer used on plants you could
mix into the mix you make up
I've had oil base stain and latex paint, and the bees just chewed right
through. The only thing that works is to kill them. I tried every kind of
bug death out there, but the only thing that worked was hair spray. You pump
it into the holes and it gums up their respiratory systems and they die.
It's much cheaper and less toxic than bug death, and it works. You can get
it right into the holes and it works fast. Then plug up the holes and wait
for the next bee to show up. You can just spray the bee directly with the
hairspray and it's drop in a few seconds. Easy peasy.
The idea isn't to instantly kill the adults,rather to treat the nests
to kill the larvae when they hatch, late in the summer. To do this
use Drione dust on their nests as deeply as possible (they sell long
snout dusters for this purpose). The adults then drag the dust even
deeper into the nest as they go come and go. In August, when the
kiddies hatch, the dust will be there waiting for them. If you don't
get the larvae, you'll be doing it all over again next year.
If this is true I'm curious as to why they've never bothered a wooden
railing I have on my front porch which very close by. It was constructed in
2006 and I gave it a primer and two coats of some good Sherwin-Williams
25-yr. paint, brown in color, a short time afterward.
Generally they pick a spot that is also somewhat protected from weather
and I'd guess the railing is much more open.
Also, they prefer beams/rafters/larger structural pieces and some
species seem more attractive as well. I've heard it said there are
other possible factors such as vibrations/sound/etc. that attract/repel
as well altho I don't know that it is fact/proven to be so.
Do know local REA co-op had heck of a time w/ pileated woodpeckers
attacking certain poles because the wires set up vibrations that they
read as dinner. Modifications of mounting spars eventually after much
effort reduced the problems significantly. Them suckers would top a
email@example.com (Dennis M) wrote:
Don't know-- but I have a bow window and they like just one section of
the fascia. It's been 10 years- and about half of them have
included carpenter bee damage. Woodpeckers cleared them out for a
couple years, but they came back to that same section last year. They
never touched the two short sections of fascia, that may well have
come from the same 1x6. All were primed and painted with oil base
Someday I'll get around to putting up plastic fascia boards.
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