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Old 05-24-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
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Coulpe days ago we notice a large bee with a big black butt flying around are back proch. He seemed harmless enough so we named him Sam. Then we saw some sawdust on the porch deck where directly above Sam bored a little hole on the underside of the wood porch railing. Now Sam doesn't seem so harmless anymore. Sam is Samantha and making a nest in our porch. She has friends that are making new nest. Does anyone know how to deter carpenter bees?

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:02 PM   #2
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I spray the hole & then plug it
I also have a tennis racket I use out back
Since they seem to hover a lot, fairly easy to wack them

They will carve out a hole 12"+ long
They really destroy posts & any wood they dig into

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:16 PM   #3
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Large bee? Carpenter bee? Someone post a pic of carpenter bee.I think there is an error in identification.I was wrong once though.
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They almost look like a normal bumble bee

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little hornet spray when the butts showin
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:11 AM   #6
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:45 AM   #7
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Don't think you people are alone. We have plenty of carpenter bees here in S. GA. If you read up on these you may read that they only like older unpainted woods---NOT! I have them drilling into recently painted wood here on my home and leaving alone pieces of older wood I have hung around my garage to attract them. I've tried many methods to get rid of them, including taking the dead ones, tying strings to them, and hanging them near where the others are drilling. The live one's don't mind the dead one's just hanging around. I'm now using Wasp spray, the kind that shoots maybe 15 ft. or so. When you see on start into the hole, just spray it and the hole, later you may find a dead carpenter bee lying near. David
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We used to call them 3/8 bees. Measure the hole, perfect 3/8".

They love cedar. Had an issue and the wasp spray in the hole tends to work. Never used the tennis racket like scuba but did use one of the big wiffle ball bats.

Plugging the hole after the spray would probably work well like mentioned above. Your own homemade gas chamber.

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I had some small (small fly size)bees that i discovered while mowing the lawn.Then one day a little fly lands on my blue painted t-11.He gets smaller.Then smaller and smaller.He dis a #*%!*pears.I was 4' away and it took 6secs? I only looked at it because it looked like a weird/different fly.I walk to the siding and there's a bit under 1/4" half moon hole.What was that? A little person wood butcher bee?
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:09 PM   #10
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I find the wasp and hornet spray to be a great deterrant. Get the kind that jet streams not the kind that foams. They recommend spraying in the morning but I hit them when ever I see them, just get the kids inside first. You hit the nest that takes care of the problem. The stragglers will go away after a while. Some people say "leave them alone, they have a right to live", but I'm the only one paying the bills at my house.
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I initially did not bother spraying them (1st bought house)
Then when redoing the back of my house I pulled off a piece of 1x6 that virtually fell apart
They had chewed the thing to pieces making their nest
So now I kill them whenever I see them
I see less now then the 1st 2 years I was here

I also keep an eye on the fence & trim on the house
Usually looking for sawdust is the telltale sign
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:07 PM   #12
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I see them around my shed in the spring, but I just whack them whenever I see them hovering around. Very intimidating, but the don't/can't sting as far as I know so no fear of that. I used to kill them at my parents house by spraying in the holes with wd40 they would come backing out and I'd just wallop them with a swatter.
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Thanks for all the help. I was thinking of catching em and relocating them. But instead I'll get some wasp spray and a tennis racket.
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Female Carpenter Bees have stingers. Male Carpenter Bees do not.

I have heard something about aluminum pie pans detering Carpenter bees.
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For carpenter bees you need to dust in their holes to get them out. Once they are out then plug up the holes with some type of cork or wood filler and restain the wood. By restaining or putting some type of finish on the wood this will mask the pheromones that are causing the bees to return to the same spots every year. Once you dust, get ready cause they will start buzzing in the wood and then start flying out, but dont worry they wont attact you, just fly around alittle bit then die. It's actually pretty cool.

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