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Wood Bees--How to get rid of them?
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Saddlebum    Posted 07-16-2002 at 19:55:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
For the last three years my better half has been waging a personal war with wood bees (borer bees? Not really sure what the correct name is) who are determined to drill large holes in the beams around the porch. He's spent a small fortune on all kinds of spray; has a can of one of everything from the co-op, they slow down, but nothing works for very long. Someone told him that he should put sevin dust in the holes, but seeing as how they are upside down holes on the underside of the beams, there seems to be a little physics problem involved with that.

Do ya'll have these critters? They look like bumble bees and are agressive and noisy but don't have a stinger, and they bore big, round holes in all things wooden. I wouldn't care, but they are doing a heck of a job on the porch beams and it seems to make my spousal unit's blood pressure rise. Any advice for getting shed of them for good?

keith    Posted 05-15-2007 at 12:31:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do you paint the tree without getting stung?

M Sack    Posted 06-21-2006 at 09:50:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
not only do I have borer bees in my watershed. I now have large woodpeckers that come in and blast my 2x4's and are really breaking them up to get at the bees eggs. I am affraid the roof of the water shed will come down they are doing so much damage. Can anyone help me please...thankyou MSack

tomatolord    Posted 07-18-2002 at 08:23:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
carb cleaner or ether

pretty harmless to all those involved except the bees

it freezes them instantly

then steel wool in the hole with a dab of caulk

try to freeze them in the hole and leave the hole open with the dead bee in it that way the dead bees discourage other bees from coming around

Saddlebum    Posted 07-17-2002 at 17:22:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank ya'll very much! I will let him know he has some new warfarin' tactics to try now.

ger    Posted 07-17-2002 at 17:26:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
let us know if anything works i still have nightmares about my battle with them my wife says its a man thing we have to rid the place of them totaly or were never happy lol

Tom A    Posted 07-17-2002 at 04:22:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Call me a tree-hugger, but I'm sort of leery about using insecticides that are still killing things 3 or 4 years later! Wonder what that'll do to the grandkids.

Low tech but proven ways to help get rid of 'em:
Plug existing holes with steel wool...this keeps any babies born inside from chewing their way out, and prevents "new-bees" who fly into the area from re-using old holes.

Keep all wood painted with good quality paint to deter them from starting new holes. It isn't foolproof, but it is very good protection.


john d    Posted 07-16-2002 at 21:53:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spray the beams with Sevin insecticide. I had a problem with those critters a few years back and sprayed the areas of my pole barn that they seemed to like. Stopped them cold. Believe it or not, it was effective for about 4 or 5 years! Every summer they'd start to bore, and then they'd die.

ShepFL    Posted 07-16-2002 at 21:43:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Saddlebum - Control of these insects can be achieved by spraying the entrance hole with an aerosol insecticide, preferrably with a pymethrin (sp) OR soaking wood with Lindane. Existing holes can be plugged with a moth ball to prevent adults from returning or the second generation adults from emerging.


gerry    Posted 07-16-2002 at 20:17:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had a young birch tree i had just planted a few years eariler they attacked that a couple years ago, i tried everything all the sprays etc. little woman was worried about my blood pressure as well , finally i put pine tar on where they were boring in that seemed to stop them in a few days then i got some white paint i had kicking around an painted over the pine tar , tree survived an doesnt look to bad painted white haha good luck

tonymarino    Posted 06-06-2006 at 14:27:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
have bees that make round holes in my sofit howdo i get them out kill them

screaminghollow    Posted 07-16-2002 at 20:09:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
give the kids badminton raquets and ten cents a piece bounty for each dead one. Caulk the holes they make. I've heard that there is an epoxy paint, very expensive, which puts a tough plastic like coating on wood and they can't eat through the coating.

Can't resist    Posted 07-16-2002 at 20:37:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Patience and a 12oz ballpien hammer will eventually make you a winner...Oh and leave the hammer handy,not to worry,the bees can't use it cuz they got no thumbs,which is the primary reason we can temporarily overcome nature.

Jake back at Jakes Corner YT    Posted 07-16-2002 at 21:29:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
No thumbs, huh? That's a good thing to know. I'm gonna remember that.

Grove r    Posted 07-16-2002 at 21:49:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is an exception, the so called "good" booze is served in stemmed glasses to be craddled in the "palm" of the hand, no thumbs neccessary, also when "bricking" a camel...... doesn't hurt if you keep your thumbs out of the road.......if there are those out there that have not heard of this proceedure, please state, and Fergus, I'm sure, would be happy to fill you in on the details. Have a gooder, R.E.L.

June Jackson    Posted 08-12-2003 at 07:14:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a bumble bee nest up under my trailer and
every time someone comes out the house they get stung .
No one does them anything , they just go down the
stairs and they get stung , we have kids and every
day we are getting stung . We tried soap water and
other ways but nothing gets rid of them HELP ! Please someone must know how to get rid of them .
Thank you for your help.

Jake back at Jakes Corner YT    Posted 07-17-2002 at 07:10:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right once again, grove r!! I remember when I was a fashion model in Paris, France, we drank like that all the time. Fergus is runnin' the banana operation in Kansas. "You're a keeper" as christy says. HeHeHe.

Stench McNasty    Posted 07-17-2002 at 06:01:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
That brought back sum memories.While stationed in Toodam Hottier,UAE yrs ago,I took the "Extend Yer Camels Mileage Seminar" given by the original Abdul the Thumbless.Believe the illustrated. textbook is still around here somewheres.

Stench McNasty    Posted 07-17-2002 at 05:59:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
That brought back sum memories.While stationed in Toodam Hottir,UAE yrs ago,I took the "Extend Yer Camels Mileage Seminar" given by the original Abdul the Thumbless.Believe the illustrated. textbook is still around here somewheres.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-16-2002 at 21:35:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Welcome back to the Great White North Jake.
Later Bob

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