Saw a couple of these bees hovering near (and then crawling underneath) the
diagonal fascia board (or wood trim) at gable side of building near roof
line. Directed some wasp and hornet bug spray underneath the diagonal
piece of wood, but a couple days later these bees were still active there.
It does look like some sawdust-like debris is present near the
ground...actually noticed the sawdust-like debris last year but didn't
notice happen to notice the bees back then. Are the bees in the photos
carpenter bees, and should I contact the condo association?
Here are a link to 3 photos:
These bees were near the back of building.
In addition (in a completely different area of same side of building) there
are also some ordinary bees nests (such as wasps nests) underneath the
diagonal fascia board near, but near the front of the same side of building.
(The building is around 40 feet long from front to back) Do I need to be
concerned about the ordinary bees nests if there is no activity seen? Right
now I'm more concerned about whether or not the bees in the photos are
carpenter bees. What do you think?
I am not sure it they are carpenter bees or not; but, they look like some
bees I found inside a cedar 2x4 fence runner. I picked up this piece of
lumber from a neighbor and noticed it had holes in it but it was in the
winter time. Came spring, and I noticed bees (similar to the ones in your
photo) coming out of the holes. I got some caulk and started plugging holes.
Later I cut that 2x4 and found approx. 15 dead bees inside..they had a tunnel
built the length of the 10 ft 2x4. I thought the 2x4 was awful light. If
they are the same bees....they eat a lot of wood. You mentioned sawdust.....
sounds like the same bee. You might try using seivn dust if you can blow
enough into the holes...they will carry the dust to the other bees. (some
states outlaw professionals use of seivn dust or powder on Honey- bees).
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My mom in law has swarms of these bees. As soon as you go near her house
they fly over to you and watch what you're doing. They're drilling holes
into the overhang on her house. It's a varnished wood and they love it.
I've seen powdery sawdust floating down out of the holes. I can hear them
inside chewing. Least that's what it sounds like. She won't get an
No, it will be plain sawdust in most cases as they do not eat wood. They
tunnle into it to make nests which is why most pestisides do not work on
them as they don't eat it.
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I'm not saying that it always looks like wet sawdust that dried, or
that they eat it. Perhaps they only spit on it. But I know I had
carpenter bees and that's what it looked like for me.
I saw one out the window a couple days ago, only a foot or two from
where they were living 2 or 3 years ago. I have to go outside and
see if he was scouting or commuting. I'm glad I didn't return the
ladder I borrowed.
I would try to get rid of the bees if they were getting into any wood
in the house.
As for woodpeckers, my nextdoor neighbor is replacing a lot of wood on
his house from them. To prevent their return, not having insects is
key, but also a few strategically placed mirrors will probably help
keep them away.
We had a woodpecker in the neighborhood. It was crazy. It wasn't pecking
on wood, but on galvanized metal caps on the chimney. Also on the top bar
of a metal swing set.
When it was pecking on the chimney caps at 5am it sure made a lot of noise
echoing down the chimney into the house.
I had a similar experience with a roofed deck beam. They look like
bumble bees but indeed have a great boring ability in wood. I did
tremendous research into 'carpenter bees' and learned much about
them. They bore almost exactly 2" up from the bottom of a board and
then turn 90 degrees and bore horizontally and carve individual
caverns for their larva. Quite fascinating if it's not your fence or
I had 100% success by just waiting until they turned 90 degrees and
then filled the hole (bee inside) with silicone (or caulk). One
actually managed to get back out but he/she had quite a silicone
helmet and was pleasantly preserved head first on the deck. I did try
other methods to disuade their activity but they seem very persistant
no matter what you spray on the holes, even 13% chlorine.
They don't seem to attack in droves so a hole by hole prevention has
been quite successful for me at least.
BTW, new bees will carry on from last seasons progress so it's
important to keep the holes plugged
Good luck with your new friends :P
on 5/24/2007 2:19 PM elmodman1@hotmail said the following:
I sat outside my shed under a canopy with a can of wasp and hornet
spray. When ever this one would hover around the facia, I would give her
a shot, which would send her flying away, only to come back within a few
seconds. I know I had to have hit her a half dozen times with a stream,
but she still came back. OK, I was sitting there with a couple of beers,
but I don't think it affected my aim. :-)
on 5/23/2007 8:32 PM Jay-n-123 said the following:
Yep, that's them.
I had a few that carved up the gable end 3/4" 2-by facia on the two
sheds I have. I became aware of them when I noticed the vinyl siding had
brown stains from their excrement running down from the holes they dug
behind the facia board. I finally bought some vinyl 3/4" J channel and
nailed it to the bottom edges of the facia boards this spring. The
nailing strip of the J channel extends up alongside the vinyl siding's J
channel so they can't bore in anymore. They only bore out of sight and
the weather, so the holes are hidden, unless you trap one in there that
isn't dead and she will bore out anywhere to escape.
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