I occasionally see carpenter bees around my deck and swingset.
They've made a couple of holes but nothing outrageous.
Someone told me that if I paint the wood, the bees won't want to
attack the painted surfaces.
Is this true?
Is the same true of waterproofing? I want to waterproof the deck and
swingset (I use Olympic Wood Toner waterproofing sealer). Would this
have the same effect as paint as far as repelling the bees goes?
Carpenter bees like old soft wood, preferably with the paint worn off. But
you can just spray them with regular bee/wasp spray when they do show up.
They are less trouble to deal with, less aggressive, than paper wasps and
such. Some people are fond of batting the hovering males with a tennis
raquet. It's the females who sting, I've read. But I got rid of mine by
just spraying the places they were interested in.
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