How can I get rid of carpenter bees?

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  • Suzanne Suzanne on May 03, 2017

    I have found household pine sol to be very effective. Just dilute with a little water in a spray bottle and spray the wood where the bees are boring. If there is a good size hole already, I put some pine sol full strength on a cotton ball and stuff it in the hole.

  • Crystal Crystal on May 03, 2017

    stuff he holes with cotton balls an peroxide

  • Bonita Wells Bonita Wells on May 03, 2017

    I am at War with these for our 2nd year after moving south into a LOG CABIN Sided Dbl Wide Mobile Home! HAd never seen anything so destructive and nymphomaniac. Called Pest control last year. They selectively sprayed areas and dusted holes. Bees still after a couple days were back in full force. I went through more cans of Carpenter bee Spray from Lowes that worked only in the moment I needed to find another way. Researched many sites and found other things out about them and trying to control them. Now have my own duster and powder to try this year. I started here. But have found more helpful information when do a search from colleges like Penn State and Clemson to pest control or entomologists. I am building Carpenter Bee Boxes ?Traps this year. You can research these too. East to build and cheap compared to the cost to purchase. You will need them near all spots those bees are active. I am not plugging up holes until their season is done and I can get something in there to kill anything which may come out of the larvae or hibernating bees since they tend to just find new places to drill. That drilling...sounds like a saw! OMG Never seen anything like these. My last article suggested several stages to work... I am trying to get Pest control to work better with me since I am getting older and should probably not be on a high ladder? Stage 1 spray the whole house with something before they start in the spring. Local Log Company suggested BEEBEGONE.

    Stage two: Hang bee traps and have the dust ready for new holes.

    Stage 3 in the fall take care of holes..with more dust and plug them.

    Drion Dust vs Delta Dust : Check on these to see which you prefer.

    I am using the DIY product right now but the Drion could be my next choice since it claims to last longer?

    VIPER CYPERMETHRIN is recommended for the spray. the last site can give you more info on the why's. Good luck trying to eradicate your bees.

  • Marti Priester Marti Priester on May 04, 2017

    I bought some carpenter bee traps on Ebay. But my local hardware store has them also.

  • Kim Phillips Kim Phillips on May 04, 2017

    Tractor supply has a product called wisdom and it works great for the bees! You mix it 2oz to 1 gallon and spray your wood and the bees will not touch it! We do this every year and it seems to keep them away! Be sure to cover any plants you might spray near as it may stun them a little!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 16, 2020

    Spray the holes with WD40, it coats their wings as they enter/exit and they cannot fly. Do this when activity is low, dusk or dawn.