?carpenter bees?

louisianagal(z7bMS)March 25, 2007

All along the top back side of our shop are very large "bumblebee" type bees which I think are carpenter bees. They are very loud buzzing and they are making fairly large drilled holes there. I am trying to make a garden bed there and they are dive bombing me. Is there a non-chemical way to get rid of them? I was thinking a product like TANGLEFOOT which I think is sticky and used for ants. Any ideas?

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greenthumbgardener

Last year I had a very large infestation of carpenter bees, and, sadly to say, I had to resort to wasp spray to get rid of them. I sprayed them directly and also sprayed into each hole and plugged them up with caulking compound. They really love untreated wood. They also do not hesitate to bore into stained wood. I have never seen them attack painted surfaces, but I wouldn't rule it out. One good thing, though, they rarely sting. Good luck.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2007 at 10:11PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Don't let the dive-bombing alarm you! It's an amusing (I think they are hilarious) scare tactic that is all bluff and no bite. I usually say, " Oh, YEAH? What're you gonna DO about it?"

By the way, it is the male who is the agressive one and will defend a nesting site. Look for a white face on the males. If the bee is all black, that's the female. The females are the only ones with stingers. That's what I meant about 'all bluff and no bite'. ;-)

I agree with the fresh paint.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2007 at 2:23PM
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ofionnachta(z6 WNJ)

Paint the surfaces. I wish we had insisted on painting the wood to be used for a back deck before the builder built the thing. Now it is just about impossible to get under it to all the little nooks, which the carpenter bees have no trouble finding. And it is treated wood--I think the treatment only lasts a certain number of years.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2007 at 4:36PM
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plantnfool

Do a search on a product called Bee Gone. It is a liquid that can be painted on your house with paint or stain or maybe by itself. It will not work 100% by itself and still needs a little more to totally get rid of them but it sure has helped us. We had at least tens of thousands of them. They were litterally eating us out of house andhome. Now we see one once in a while but mostly they are gone. Good luck. Plantnfool

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 5:45AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

What ever you use to deter these bees be sure it is not a poison that will kill them. Given that bees, of all kinds, are necesary to produce the foods we eat and given that bees are in trouble and dying off in large numbers, it is very irresponsible of us to kill off any of these if there is another way to control them.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2007 at 7:09AM
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yugoslava

Quite a few years ago I read an article about carpenter bees. Since honey bees were dying it was important to encourage carpenter bees to stay in the garden since they pollinated plants. I did just that and it was easy to tell you had them looking at the leaves and seeing the distinct pattern. However, this year I noticed a great number of plants had that same pattern to the point where some of them were almost stripped of leaves. I find myself wondering now if I encouraged them beyond what garden needs and if carpenter bees have become a nuisance? Until I read this I never thought they could become a problem. I have never been able to find their nesting sights. While I don't want to eliminate them completely, I would like to reduce the number.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 12:39PM
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