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Old 04-05-2013, 07:59 AM   #16
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I didn't want to be the only bee killing psycho though.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:31 AM   #17
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Carpenter bees prefer damp wood. In your climate, that could be any wood. Batting or shooting may be fun, but it only dents the population. A female will drill a hole then lay an egg, pack it with leaves, then lay another egg until the hole is full. Batting or shooting does not stop the eggs and larvae.

I suggest, late fall, using a repellent aerosol pesticide with a little straw on the spray can. Insert the straw in the holes and give each hole a little squirt. Then close the hole with something like a good caulk. After all the holes are closed, use a repellent liquid spray pesticide to coat the surface.

Some easily available surface sprays will last a year. Spraying in late fall should give protection for the entire following summer. Spring surface sprays may not get into the holes already started. The surface spray does not stop the larvae from developing, it just repels the females looking for a place to begin a hole and family. The aerosol has a short life so it will only affect the bees in the holes.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:39 AM   #18
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I believe a combination of efforts is in order. The links previously suggested using a dusting of insecticide in the holes and on the wood they're damaging. This to provide a path for the bees to travel through and get poisoned by it. Makes sense.

Batting them to the ground and stomping them would certainly not be the only method, just one to work out a bit of frustration while reducing their numbers.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:51 AM   #19
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Batting or shooting does not stop the eggs and larvae.

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Batting is too tough, has to be racqueting!

Shooting would be fun if I had a tiny shotgun of some sort. I might have to design something.

While racqueting, I sometimes use a hose spraying water to ensure that in the event of a miss, I don't get stung. I know only the females can sting, but I can't see their butts to determine that 100% when they are coming after me. They really do come after you too, this isn't a bee that just sort of accidently comes into your space, they start the fight.

Alas, you are right, I can attest to the fact that you can't possibly kill enough of them.

There is a limitless supply. I would also suggest that while untreated wood seems to be their preference, I have holes that have been gnawed right through painted wood as proof that paint isn't 100% assurance against an attack.

The main reason I began the swatting was that one of my dogs started to refuse to go outside due to the fact that he was constantly buzzed, pestered, and otherwise brutalized by the males. One of my other dogs goes right back after them and is quite good at giving it back.

The death racquet had to be used as a method of cover fire to allow the dogs to go outside in peace.

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Old 04-05-2013, 03:00 PM   #20
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Shooting would be fun if I had a tiny shotgun of some sort. I might have to design something.

Two color 3D printers are only $3K and you can easily get drawings of some scary automatic weapons you can scale down online. Thankfully most melt when you try to pump 2,000 rounds per second through them.

Alas, you are right, I can attest to the fact that you can't possibly kill enough of them.

There is a limitless supply.

How many times when we have made this statement have we wondered later about it and the species we, like no other, have killed off only to find the nasty things crapped on tea leaves in the rain forest and held the cure to cancer or something worse. We are so casual about the creatures around us.

The main reason I began the swatting was that one of my dogs started to refuse to go outside due to the fact that he was constantly buzzed, pestered, and otherwise brutalized by the males. One of my other dogs goes right back after them and is quite good at giving it back.

The death racquet had to be used as a method of cover fire to allow the dogs to go outside in peace.

I certainly understand this. And when I had one, nothing messed with my dog. They are nasty bees.
We cut down the trees, slice it into workable timber, build ever further and hugely bigger into natural environments because we must or maybe, really do not like each other. Those creatures that used to buzz and be aggressive find the wood taken come back to the smell of the sap or whatever and do what they always did. Since there are no trees for their predators to live in, the ones that used to eat them, their populations increase.

We cannot bash them all with old raquets, rackets or whatever without accepting some responsibility for what we have done or what we can do. Of course we can always pray hard we can Jurrasic Park those we miss back to life.

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We cut down the trees, slice it into workable timber, build ever further and hugely bigger into natural environments because we must or maybe, really do not like each other. Those creatures that used to buzz and be aggressive find the wood taken come back to the smell of the sap or whatever and do what they always did. Since there are no trees for their predators to live in, the ones that used to eat them, their populations increase.

We cannot bash them all with old raquets, rackets or whatever without accepting some responsibility for what we have done or what we can do. Of course we can always pray hard we can Jurrasic Park those we miss back to life.
Interesting post. I will have to give it some thought.
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When we lived on the farm we had every kind of bee, wasp, hornet and crawly bug in the area trying to share our home. I used a trigger spray bottle set to mist and kerosene to put a film on the eaves and foundation and the bugs quit coming around.
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We had carpenter bees once. Our dog would stand outside the hole and snap at them. Which was all well and good until my daughter, then three, got stung seeing what the dog was up to.

Saw one near my house the other day, so it might be time to find its hole and plug it with steel wool.

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