I just wait for them to fly in the hole, then put wood putty or
silicone in the hole while they are in there. The buzz like hell for a
while, then die. Silicone works the best, they sometimes drill back
out through the wood putty :-).
:) My shed is being eaten by bees. How do you stop them? They have eaten right
:) through the paint. Is there something that you can add to the paint or
:) else to stop them?
Oil based paints is usually needed. For the existing holes any
insecticide that you can get in the chambers should work. Do it at
night so you know she is home.
:) > Oil based paints is usually needed. For the existing holes any
:) > insecticide that you can get in the chambers should work. Do it at
:) > night so you know she is home.
:) "She"? It's a *chick*? Aw, bummer, dood.
Yepper..it's female that you will find excavating the galleries...the
kamikaze brigade that are buzzing about are males, with no stingers.
Like hell they're harmless - they damage wooden structures by drilling holes
in them. Sometimes those holes go pretty deep. It can significantly weaken the
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
Fire, and lots of it!
Oh, sorry fire is my answer for everything, car troubles, bills, etc.
I've been told, there are a number of powers on the market. You squirt
them into the holes, and the power attaches it self to teh bees and
kill them. With time, the bees already there, and the ones trying to
get in will drop down. This will allow you to reseal all the holes
and paint again.
In the future, keep an eye on the shed, as soon as you see one whole
you squirt it.
I've once heard this advice, make a fake whole and keep it filled with
the powder. New incoming bees will check it out, and kill themselves.
This way your shed is protected.
We had them in our fence at old house. I used my old two-cycle weed trimmer
on them. The gas was mixed with a little too much oil so it smoked pretty
good. The smoke seemed to draw the bees out of the fence and shrubs they
liked and I'd get the trimmer going pretty good and take them on. There was
something quite satisfying about hearing one of them smack into the house or
I know, it wasn't the safest way to get them, but it was more fun just
spaying insecticide on them.
Carpenter bees aren't particularly useful as pollinators and definitely
destructive of structures. I'll agree as a general proposition, but
eliminating them from structural members is about the only successful
approach I've found--simply plugging existing holes, etc., has ime, only
caused them to move and start over again. Eliminating a particular
nesting colony, otoh, has tended to have better success as it's easier
to stop a new small colonization as opposed to an established one.
IMO, YMMV, $0.02, etc., ...
I have to agree, but not these bees. I would be so happy to have
mason bees verses these 'hoving monsters'. The are very teritorial,
and just walking around my yard, usually means I have to duck way to
I have problems with carpenter bees ..have for the last 5-6 years...
Problems with two outbuildings... a Wood shop and a Garage...NOT the
house... and only on the trim on those buildings
For some reason...the bees only do thier thing on wood that was
painted a dark color in my case... Brown The house has white trim
So 2 years ago when I painted the woodshop I changed the trim to
white...(not because of the bee problem ) BUT the bees just stopped
attaching the building .. .end of the bee problem ....
Have no idea why..But the garage is getting painted this year and you
bet the trim will be change to white...
Not a Scientific observation..But what can I say.....
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