Sunday, February 23, 2014

Carpenter Bee Removal

Carpenter bees are nothing but trouble. Not only do these bees leave large holes in your wooden decks and porches, they leave piles of sawdust in their path. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of these pests and make sure they never return to live in your woodwork again.

Traditional removal methods

There are many ways to remove carpenter bees and prevent them from returning to your woodwork. One of the most common ways is aerosol insecticide. For an organic method, Drione dust is very popular. Inserting either of these repellents into the entrance of the bees' hole will not only kill the bees inside, but prevent any more from going into the hole. After the insecticide is in the hole, seal the entrance. The best way to do this is to use caulk; it will fill the hole completely and you'll be able to smooth it over and repaint the wood with enamel paint or a clear sealant.

Some people prefer to use steel wool or putty in the bee holes rather than an insecticide; this also should work as long as you seal the entrance with caulk or wood filler and cover it with paint or clear sealant.

Another idea

For the more adventurous, there is the agitate and vacuum method. This is simply as it sounds. In the evening, when the sun is almost down and the bees are in for the night, insert your vacuum cleaner hose into the bees' hole and begin moving it from side to side. This will not only wake them, but upset them (so be very careful). After a few seconds of this agitating, turn the vacuum on and with any luck, you will also get the queen while sucking out the bees. Be sure to seal the entrance to the hole when you are finished or more bees will move in; also discard the vacuum bag properly and safely.

Carpenter Bee Prevention

To try and prevent carpenter bees from moving into your woodwork, it's best to have vinyl siding put on your house. If you don't, paint your home regularly. Carpenter bees don't like wood that's painted or treated with a clear sealant.

Carpenter bees prefer white pine, cedar, California redwoods and Douglas fir; they really dislike oak and maple.

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