Carpenter Bee season is here!
Carpeter bees are large (1 inch) yellow and black bees which become active in early spring. They resemble bumble bees but do not live in colonies, have fewer hairs and no pollen sacs one the hind legs. They appear around homes and are a nuisance. Although it is rare to be stung by one, their sheer size is scary and people stay clear of them.
Their nest is much more of concern. These nests, if left untreated, will result in extensive structural damage and will result in costly repairs within a few years.
The female will go in and out of the nest so patience will show where the entrance is. Killing the individual bees with a liquid insecticide will not destroy the bee's young.
THE NEST MUST BE TREATED!!!
BIOLOGY-- Carpenter bees get their name from their ability to drill through wood and nest in it. Their drilling will create a near perfect hole approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. This hole usually located on the underside of any wood surface including logs, siding, soffits, overhangs, deks, fence post, facial boards, and window frames.
Although the hole appears to be only and inch or two deep, it doesn't end there.
The female will turn 90 degrees and bore a channel from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet.
The channel serves as a main corridor form which she will drill small chambers a few inches deep. These chambers become egg holders. She will deposit and egg, bring some food, and then seal it off to ensure the egg's development.
The male spends most of his time flying around the nest playing guard. This is ironic as nature has left him ill prepared; he has NOT STINGER! Only the female can sting. Simply killing the male will not solve your problem.
TO ELIMINATE CARPENTER BEES YOU MUST TREAT THE NEST.
Treating the carpenter bee holes is simple, easy and safe. The best and most effective product to use is DRIONE DUST, and a Crusader Duster. If you are appling yourself please use goggles, gloves, and a dust mask. You can also call a pesticide company in your area to also come and treat the holes.
We hear all kinds of stories how people kill them.
Badmitten racks, baseball bats, tennis racketts.
We had a grandfather who paid the grandkids a quarter everytime they killed a Carpenter Bee! HA HA LOL!
Trying to help the consumer out there!
Thanks for promoting the products you sell. I do not sell any log home products or services.
Here is my
Cheap and Easy Solutions From Dave solution.
I live in SE Virginia so your application period may be a little different, but 1 week before easter, spray your entire house (eaves in particular - or wherever you notice bees) with Demand CS (8 oz bottle for $36). It's an encasulated pyrethriod that lasts on wood surfaces for > month. It makes several gallons of mix. Two weeks after easter spray again to double down on killing investigating bees. It takes me about three gallons of mix to do my whole house. That's it.
For bees that get to places you didn't spray skip the drione, etc. Go to the auto parts store and get some good ol CRC Brakleen (red can - green can is for sissies). Yep, brake parts cleaner. It kills adults and larvae on contact. It comes with a flexible straw that you can easily stick down into the hole and flood the entire nest. it has the volatility similar to starting fluid and dries without residue, as it is intended to strip oils from brake parts. if you hit an adult with this stuff, it will die before it even can fly away.
I then use Log Builder (which I don't sell) caulk to plug the hole. Zip, Zang, done! Reasons I use Log Builder. 1. It was applied to my house new 20 years ago, and is still elastic. 2. you can wrap the nozzle with tape and begin using it months later as though you had just opened it up new (try that with silicone caulk).
How do I know this works? I have lived in a log home for 20 years in an area heaviliy populated with carpenter bees, and have never had a woodpecker destroy any part of it getting to carpenter bee grubs. I do not have any active infestations.