Any way to get rid of carpenter bumble bees short of killing them?

Bernice Worth
by Bernice Worth
  7 answers
  • 512181 512181 on May 04, 2017

    I think killing them is fine. You can use a dust product to dry out the eggs. I have also heard that fresh paint on eaves, underneath benches etc., may stop them from boring holes. lots of info about the carpenter bees.

  • Jerry Jerry on May 04, 2017

    Not that I have ever heard. I had a problem with them and had to kill them. On second thought, that was some time ago, you might to a Google search for bee repellants. There are chemicals that bees just don't like and will not come near.

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on May 04, 2017

    My contractor sealed up the holes they had bored, trapping the eggs to die and they never returned. I wouldn't have any qualms about killing them though as they are so destructive.

  • Gail Gail on May 04, 2017

    You could try some Irish Spring soap. Throw the bars where you think they will be, they usually return to the same place every year. I put some up on the ceiling of my porch where squirrels were nesting and where the carpenter bees always go and they have moved on. The soap is not expensive.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 04, 2017

    Ok so when you see the carpenter bees be sure to have the the specific bee spray control at all access.Soap is not for bees,in fact it will attract them more.Just make sure if they have already done damage to your wood use a spray foam to seal the holes.

  • 861650 861650 on May 04, 2017

    This time of year, I keep a spray bottle of white vinegar on my porch. They do not like it but will still try to come back. After three or four squirts, they give up.

  • Bernice Worth Bernice Worth on May 05, 2017

    thanks I will try it.