I was at the side yard, opening the gate to put away my mower when
two of the largest bees I've ever encountered flew out from inside
a knothole in the lower portion of the 4"X4" post. They weren't
too aggressive, simply floated at my eye level and watched me
until they'd decided I wasn't a threat. One was blonde, the other
black. Judging by what I've found through google, the blonde is a
male and the black female.
Since I'd rather _not_ get stung removing the fence post (it
cracked loudly when I opened the gate), is there some preferred
method for evicting said colony?
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The males do not have a sting. Females generally won't
sting except during nest construction or if you outright handle
I do not think carpenter bees make colonies. They're solitary
bees like bumble bees. If you really have to, a single shot
into the hole with creeping insect killer would probably
do the trick.
Given how tame these bees usually are, with a little care
you might be able to remove the post without killing them,
and park the post somewhere out of the way. Try this
on a cool night when they're lethargic.
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
I've found 'fixing' would just mean the carpenter bees would return.
So I've changed my approach, and dust the holes with an insecticide.
This way probing females get sick and leave. Once the ladies leave,
the guys leave too.
tom @ www.BlankHelp.com
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