How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees
How to get rid of carpenter bees you ask? At Priority Pest Services, we get a lot of calls about carpenter bees. We don’t like to kill bees because they are a huge asset to pollination and the production of plants and crops. We prefer that the customer use a preventative method to deter the carpenter bees instead of using pesticides.
People want to know how to stop carpenter bees from causing damage to their homes, fences and other wood structures. Although carpenter bees can be a nuisance around the home, the good they do in our world far outweighs the bad. It is well worth the effort to not exterminate these valuable, buzzing little fur balls.
Their bore holes and frequent excavations are amazing to watch but it is hard to appreciate their skill as they are boring large holes in that brand new gazebo you just built. You wonder, as you sip that cool lemonade and inspect your achievement, how long you can ignore that small vibration and chewing sound of that carpenter bee carving out a brand new apartment on the right supporting beam, just above your reach.
The male carpenter bee does not sting yet they do seem to dart and hover to protect their territory from any human or animal that gets too close. The female carpenter bee can sting yet rarely will unless provoked or threatened in some way. These bees are, naturally, not as aggressive as honey bees or many other bees.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees Is To Deter Them
Carpenter bees tend to choose weathered wood for their projects. Still, they have been known to attack brand new wood structures even with a more tasty choice of wood in close proximity. These are solitary bees that each can reproduce to a generation of only six to ten new bees each year. This is something to consider when strategizing a pest control solution.
Should we get rid of carpenter bees or leave them “bee” is the predicament. For anyone that knows the importance of the carpenter bee, they know the answer is always to deter them.
Due to their importance in agricultural pollination, carpenter bees are considered one of the more friendly bees. Regardless, property damage is not an acceptable trade off to let them run rampant. When you have a carpenter bee problem, it is important to weigh the damage versus their benefit. Do you buzz off and let the bee do its thing, or should you intervene?
Don’t Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees! – Use A Preventative Method & Let Them “Bee”
Sometimes it comes down to the question of whether to leave the bees alone or whether to make them leave your property alone, instead. Typically, as with most pests, there is not much of a contemplation of what to do. With carpenter bees, a strategy to prevent them is best.
Letting the bees run rampant and destroy your property is not an appealing option. At Priority Pest Services, our highly skilled and licensed technicians know how to assess your carpenter bee problem and offer you options for resolution. It is important to understand carpenter bees enough to know what to look for as a homeowner and how to deter them from carving out a new home in the wood structures of your home and yard.
When should you sip that lemonade in your new gazebo and enjoy the bees and when do the bees need to be put in check? If the bees are making you buzzing mad with their antics, try some of the following preventative tactics:
- Stuff their bore holes with steel wool. Carpenter bees cannot dig through steel wool, making it a perfect jail cell. After they have left that nest, use some wood putty or caulk to patch the spot. Match the putty or caulk to your wood, or plan on painting the putty the color you need.
- Stain or paint any outdoor wooden surfaces to discourage bee infestation. Although carpenter bees tend to attack all wood surfaces, they don’t do so indiscriminately. Bee experts believe they prefer untreated wood. That means it’s high time to apply that stain or paint on that deck that you’ve been meaning to but have not gotten around to yet.
- Spray affected areas with a natural non-synthetic citrus and/or tea tree oil spray. Try to find a citrus-based spray specifically designed for carpenter bees, or “bee” industrious and make one yourself. Cut up the rinds of several different citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc.) and boil them in a shallow pot filled with water. Fill a spray bottle with the citrus-extract water, and fill the spray bottle with the juice of the citrus fruits.
- Spray the burrows of the carpenter bees with citrus-extract water. Carpenter bees, like other insects, have a natural aversion to citrus oil (which is why the skin and rind protect the fruit on the inside, to keep it away from predators).
- Almond oil and almond essence is another tried and true option that repels carpenter bees.
- Seal off burrows or galleries that have been vacated. As soon as the young carpenter bees leave their nest, it’s time to seal everything up again, preferably with something stronger than wood (which the bees will burrow into again). Seal off with steel wool, aluminum, asphalt, or fiberglass and cover with wood filler. Paint or stain the surface to discourage further burrowing.