Originally Posted by GetOut
I have a carpenter bee infestation in my privacy fence. I've ordered Brian's bee traps and bee butter for a longer term solution. But a few weeks ago dusted the holes which killed off a round of bees. I did not plug up the holes. Now, at a few of these nesting sites, I have what looks like an explosion. There are splinters up to 4" long! All going outward. I've never heard woodpeckers close to the house, but they are here in northern Alabama. Any ideas on what could have caused this, and how to prevent this from happening at the other nesting sites?
My extended family is in the bee business. They raise honey. I haven't visited in awhile but they know what I want when I come. And I reach my hand into a hive and grab a piece of honey comb dripping with amber stuff. I've been stung by bees but never at the honey farm.
I know something about bees. Carpenter bees are beyond nasty and overly protective. I honestly do not know if they can sting. From experience not one has ever stung me even will buzzing and acting nasty.
Carpenter bees are great drill bits. They can dig out perfect holes in no times. Other than that they are just annoying and stupid. From my limited perspective as to what they are up to.
Other creatures know to look at the holes they make. That wood splintering was not done by a carpenter bee.
Got any squirrels near you. They are notorious for finding any open hole and expanding it.
Buy a caulking gun and some silcone caulk and fill the holes. And call an exterminator that knows killing bees of any kind is not good. Just have him or her move them.
Bees are part of our food chain in a major way. Unexplained their numbers diminish. They buzz around from flower to flower and provide us with things like at least most fruits we eat.