Do any of you have a Problem with wood bees? If so IS there anything
around my house I could use to get rid of them??
I have done web searches of them and that stuff is costly
I wounder if any of you have tried anything around you House to get rid
of them? and what works???
On Mar 22, 4:03 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephanie S. Cunningham)
Not certain what type of bees you have (are you sure they are not an
Africanized variety) I had a colony of honey bees establish a hive in
a spot between the eaves and chimney. Needed to get a 32' ladder and a
bee keeper to remove them. The honey bee is protected and should not
Do you mean carpenter bees? They look like bumble bees but bore into wood
and are quite obnoxious. I've had them but don't know how to get rid of all
of them, but individually I can tell you they don't like taking on the gas
powered string trimmer - sends them flying. Good luck.
I get the carpenter bees every spring. I've found 2 things that
work. First squirt the holes they make with wasp/hornet spray.
Second, when they are mating they hover. I take a badmitten raquet
and play beemitten. Slower than spraying but more fun.
On Mar 22, 8:18 am, email@example.com wrote:
Fill in the holes and then take a fine mesh screen and cover the
wood areas that are exposed. They only like certain types of wood to
build nests in, so give them a home of that type of wood elsewhere.
They are very good pollenators and some greenhouses actually raise
them to do just that.
Agreed - I had wondered what all the fuss was about. If they're drilling
holes where you don't want them, make up some bee boards for them. Do a
We have one or two that nest in a beam just above our front door every year.
They seem to re-use the same holes. Fun to watch and never a problem. If I
thought they would sting I'd get rid of them as my wife is allergic to
Are you referring to Carpenter Bees? They don't like painted surfaces
I've read. Also post to alt.home.repair where there might be more
On Thu, 22 Mar 2007 03:03:08 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephanie S.
I fill the holes with an acetone-based wood filler (available at the small
chain hardware stores such as Ace Hardware and the like). I do this in the
evening when they've settled in for the night. The result is that the
acetone quickly kills them, the hole is filled, and if you color matched the
surrounding wood, you're left with some minor sanding when all is hardened.
I've trapped them inside their hole during the day ... their cell mate
usually hangs around but doesn't start a new hole (usually) ... that's when
the tennis racket gets used.
Best thing I ever saw was one carpenter bee was staying JUST out of reach of
my garden hose ... hovering over the house roof, when a swallow came
swooping down from behind and scooped the bee out of mid-air. Gotta love the
Fill those holes with the acetone-based putty and you'll be happy. It's
amazing just how many holes a few bees will make ... snuff 'em early and
you're done for the summer.
Wasps are also sensitive to hydrocarbon vapors.
We kept them out of a shed by putting beercans partly filled
with sand and kerosene up into the soffetts. That wouldn't
work out in the open. I don't know if it would work on carpenter
There is one bee that swarms around the area and me too, a fake wasp
nest would not do the trick as their nest are in the wood itself, the
female bee drills holes in the wood, that is why they are also called
After finding small piles of sawdust below a woodrack outside, I discovered
the 3/8th" hole they had bored.
I didn't have insecticide handy, but did have carb cleaner spray which I
shot into the hole(s)...
The racket was something to hear, gave a new meaning to the term death
rattle. Now and then one survived long enough to crawl out far enough to
drop on the ground... no further effort needed on my part to help 'em along.
I had Carpenter Bees in my cedar sided house. the stuff I got from
http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/index.htm took care of them in a hurry!
This site also has a wealth of good advise and information. Be advised that
carpenter bee males, make all the fuss and noise but can't sting. Females
are more docile, and less threatening but will sting if strongly provaked.
Since the chemical has to be sprayed on and in the holes they make, a ladder
is necessary and the males will probably buzz around. But they can't hurt.
This stuff will last nearly all season and if preventive measures are taken
after applying, the bees won't return.
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