DIANA
DIANA
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Asked on May 15, 2017

Bore bees are eating my log house! How can I get rid of them ?

SusanJohnSandyG
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  • Darcie
    on May 15, 2017

    Hi Diana!
    I noticed those the bore bees doing the same thing on this my fence and other things out in my yard. I just had my monthly pest control done yesterday and what he told me to do The following! he said that bore bees do not live in a hive or a colony. He said what they do is the male and female get together, and the male goes and bores a hole, then the female goes inside the wood and lays the larvae and then flies away and that's where they hatch. He told me I needed to get some silicone caulking and fill up each hole so that the bees cannot get back in or out! He also sprayed in the areas where they have been doing distruction but said the real only way is with the caulking to prevent them from continuing their path of destruction! Once you get it under control they will go somewhere else!
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 15, 2017

    Caulking is not what is used it is spray insulation for wood.They are carpenter bees.You will have to purchase a CARPENTER BEE SPRAY.
  • Mol22287972
    on May 16, 2017

    Carpenter bees. When they go in their hole, poke a straightened wire coat hanger in the hole to kill them.
  • Patricia Fuerstenberg
    on May 16, 2017

    Go on YouTube and look up DIY Carpenter bee traps , they worked for me also seven dust works getting it in the nest . Not sure where they are going in , mine was under the sidewalk and I used the liquid kind and water to get it to go way under . You could put the powder into something that you can squirt it in the holes also . Hope this helps . Be careful
    • DIANA
      on May 16, 2017

      Thanks Patricia. Mine are going in all over my house. It is log siding and the bees seem to love it. Now the woodpeckers are after the bees! I'm going to spray the entire house with liquid Seven and hope that helps.!
  • Patricia Fuerstenberg
    on May 16, 2017

    I hope it does too , and see if you can get some traps made and hang them around the house and don't paint them . You will be surprised to see how many you get .

  • DIANA
    on May 16, 2017

    Thanks!
  • DIANA
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Thanks, I'm going to try it.
  • J Neal
    on Jun 17, 2017

    I live a log cabin in the woods, and carpenter bees are prolific. I have a local exterminator come twice a year (Spring and Fall) and he injects each hole with Sevin powder. I can't do it myself because some of the holes are near the roof peak of a 3 story home. There has been a marked reduction in the number of bees. I also hang carpenter bee traps around the areas with the most holes. Make sure the traps are stationary, not swinging in the breeze. Also the holes in the traps MUST be smooth. The bees are particular and don't like rough wood! Don't bother sticking a hanger in the holes. The bees bore in & then turn at a right angle and continue munching. The hatchlings will also just eat through caulk. It is a waste of time. I bought my cabin 3 years ago & have tried to learn as much as I can about these ravenous pests. This year I hardly had any bees. They moved across the road & chowed down on my neighbor's unprotected cabin.
  • SandyG
    on Jun 17, 2017

    I not sure the answer, but there is a compound problem. Our neighbor has a log house with carpenter bees and now woodpeckers chiseling away to get to the bee hatchlings. Good luck.
  • John
    on Jun 18, 2017

    i had the same problem and just sprayed wasp spray in the holes...worked for me...but the wood peckers concern me more as they do real damage even to surrounding wood...I put up some mechanical owls after I found out from the local game warden they are a protected species and shooting one has a hefty fine...I don't know if poisoning one by accident carries the same penalty
  • Susan
    on Jun 18, 2017

    yes - spray bee or wasp killer into holes. push cotton balls soaked in it to fill the hole - then wood putty... and PAINT it - they don't usually go for painted wood.
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