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post #1 of 10 Old 05-08-2019, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Carpenter bee problem.

I have carpenter bees, they look like bumble bees and they chew holes about 3/8" in wood. I spray what I can but it's a tough battle.
The main problem I need advice with is right now I'm having a large barn built and they're drilling as it's being built! Treated or untreated wood, doesn't matter. Is there a spray or something I can do? I could call an exterminator (expensive), I thought about old motor oil (messy).
Any ideas, thanks.

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-08-2019, 11:07 AM
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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

Here's some reading for you on the problem https://www.google.com/search?source...31.lJGZrKK6Cj4
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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

my neighbor and i have decks and tiki bars with that problem, we both use babmittin rackets if you can reach them. 1 good wac
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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

Get a brown paper bag and blow it up as if to pop it. Tie it off fully expanded and hang it up in the area where you have the problem. It'll look like a hornets nest to the bees and they leave instead of waiting to be killed and eaten by the hornets. I did it and it worked.
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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

I had the same bee problem on an old garage. The bees drilled into the fascia board, no matter what I did. I tried plugging the holes, sprays, everything. They always went for the fascia board below the roof.

I finally replaced the fascia with solid vinyl planks, and never saw another bee. Cal

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I had some that only drilled a cedar board in the middle of an awning. Just had my siding replaced with steel and alum soffit. They have been buzzing around the new stuff looking confused.

As far as sprays I've had good luck with Bifen in my yard. It appers to kill them according to a web search. Tempo Dust is recommended to kill the larvae

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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

Other than a few holes only you are worried over, they don't do much harm and they are pollinators which are in short supply. The fascia board they live in look great except for 3 or 4 3/8 holes.
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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

WD-40 recommended by an exterminator...it works
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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

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Other than a few holes only you are worried over, they don't do much harm...
Until woodpeckers figure out they are in there... Then it's time for new boards.

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Re: Carpenter bee problem.

My best defense has been an old tennis racket I bought at a flea market for 50 cents!

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