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Any way to get rid of 'wood bees'?
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Farmall Paul    Posted 11-05-2001 at 11:01:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi- I just wondered if anybody out there had any experience with wood bees? You all may have some other name for them, but they are eating my pole barn to pieces. These are big, fat, mostly black things that bore 1/4" holes in the wood beams. Is there any way to get rid of them? A friend suggested I send some of the kids out there with badmitten rackets, but one hit the other one (swinging at the darn bees!) and that was the end of that. Is there any poison or anything else that will run them off? Help?!? Thanks- I love this site!

Carrie    Posted 06-21-2004 at 20:04:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Carburetor cleaner works well. It is cheap and comes in a spray can with a straw. Kills wasps, bees, etc. within seconds. I waited till evening when the bees would go into their holes and then I sprayed them. I am still fighting them in the eaves of my home, but I feel that I may be winning.

Roadkill- Not real name    Posted 05-26-2007 at 11:35:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
well wood bees are so dang annoying. Anything hat is poison to them will work.

Sabrina    Posted 05-14-2009 at 13:29:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]

what if the bee you want to get rid of is near a rabbit cage would the posion hurt them too?

stacy    Posted 06-03-2008 at 06:03:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I also have a problem with wood bees those dang things are annyoing. I've learned some great ways to take care of my problem with this site so thanks!

vickie    Posted 06-17-2006 at 07:30:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have a cedar home that hadn't been treated in several years. After treating it the bees are still eating it. Any suggestions on what will kill wood bees?

Sally    Posted 08-11-2002 at 06:33:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help we have bees that are boreing holes in our garage rafters. Does anyone know how to get them to stop???

snea    Posted 08-27-2003 at 10:42:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
have you tryied peeing they hate it.

Helen    Posted 08-02-2002 at 08:32:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi, i have a bee hive in my outdoor storage cabin and i don't know how to get rid of it. there's literally 50-80 bees in there. please give me some advice as soon as possible. thank you.

Everett Cleary    Posted 05-09-2003 at 19:32:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been able to slow them down with strong spray but in two or three days seem to have as many as I started with. I did tape over some of their holes but they just made new ones.

MEL KEITH    Posted 08-08-2002 at 05:31:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Joe Mccolley    Posted 04-20-2004 at 19:01:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do you get rid of wood bees?

These are Carpenter Bees Lots of sources for info:    Posted 06-09-2002 at 13:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Carpenter Bees I
Carpenter Bees II
PDF of chemicals for use as pest control
Carpenter Bees III
Boring bees bore wood

james fichter    Posted 04-21-2007 at 12:35:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a ceder woode shed..bees r boring holes through out the whole thing(at least 30 of them ) please help me get rid of them, my shed is only 7 mths old. I need help quick. thank you,.. james.

carol shumate    Posted 06-06-2007 at 09:12:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]

how can we get rid of wood bees in a big hay shed

Bill Davis    Posted 05-30-2006 at 08:37:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wood bees are boring holes in my deck. Any way to get rid of them? Would appreciate any help. Thank you.

Bente    Posted 05-16-2007 at 18:38:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had one wood boring bee that was boring in a pole on me new deck. My friend gave me HORNET & WASP KILLER and I haven't seen it since. Hopefully that took care of it.

Helen McKennon    Posted 05-31-2006 at 13:15:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We need to know how to get rid of wood bees that are eating our deck; also our cypress house.
Guess we don't understand this site. Found the question but did NOT see any answers. Is there a simpler way to do this to get information?

Chasity Jarvis    Posted 04-17-2006 at 06:44:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a big problem with bees around the house. The red wasps are bad, but the wood bees are eating my porch alive. I'm afraid they are going to eat away at it til the porch falls. Any advice for this problem? I've tried sprays but it doesn't seem to keep them away.

Nicholas Tremblay    Posted 05-22-2003 at 16:48:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do i get rid of a whole bunch of bees on my tree who are just bundling up there?

rick widdifield    Posted 07-01-2002 at 15:41:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, I live in a big log cabin. Carpenter bees were making my house look like swiss cheese.
Sprays dont work. Their is a white powder you insert in the wholes. If you email me I will get the name of the powder. I literally had thousands of bees in may. Now I rarely see one. I also used a tennis racket and killed about 100 bees a day for a month. I then sealed up their wholes with wood putty.

Jean Juneau    Posted 04-24-2003 at 15:22:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could you please tell what you did to get rid of the wood bees. They are eating my back porch up.
Thank you

Tom    Posted 05-31-2002 at 14:03:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
We live in the city and have these carpenter bees boring into our back steps and under the eaves of our back porch. I think the steps are going to collapse if I don't stop them.

If you do some searching on the web, you will find that the males do not sting (they don't have a stinger), but females will if provoked. The females are the ones who bore the holes and lay their eggs in there, the males are the ones who are seen buzzing around the nest area and are very intimidating (and fast). I get some of that wasp spray and try to target them, but rarely do I ever hit them directly.

Just got educated on bees    Posted 11-08-2001 at 07:31:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
now, if someone will just teach me about the birds. Thanks to the link sent in by JoeK, I have learned a lot about carpenter bees. I may have lived the past 60 years thinking that carpenter bees were bumble bees. I know better now. Thanks JoeK.

Suzy    Posted 05-19-2006 at 08:30:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Any remedies to get rid of wood boring bees yourself would be appreciated..thanks in advance

Hilltopper    Posted 11-07-2001 at 17:20:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
They keep getting into my treated deck. Apparently they can eat anything. If you measure the holes you will find that nearly all of them are a perfect 3/8 inch in diameter. I caulk mine up if the wife gets "buzzed".

Linda    Posted 06-02-2006 at 08:40:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I need to get rid of bees!

PCC-AL    Posted 11-08-2001 at 03:33:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I notice that they get in treated wood some also. However, they don't seem to like it as well as natural soft wood like our red cedar. I wish I had pictures of my pole barn to show how they go after it. Once had a wooden boat paddle under the barn and they got it too.

PCC-AL    Posted 11-06-2001 at 03:46:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
It sounds like you have bumble bees. They are common here in AL. My pole barn is made from red cedar which they love, but they like any soft wood. In early summer the bumble bees are active here and we watch the big pilated woodpeckers tear big hunks out of my barn to get to the bees. Every so often I have to replace a pole. No problem though, I like the woodpeckers as they are fairly rare. If you really need to get rid of the bees, put some diesel fuel in a pump up sprayer and spray some into each hole you see. It may help. Good luck.

robert zeyn    Posted 08-12-2003 at 11:07:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Carpenter bees sometimes become a nuisance outdoors when they fly very erratically (hover) around the heads of people, causing fear. Homeowners complain not only about the aggressive nature, but about the round holes bored into wood trim near eaves and gables of homes, facia boards, porch ceilings, outdoor wooden furniture, decks, railings, fence posts, telephone poles, siding, shingles, dead tree limbs and other weathered wood. Initial damage is minor, but new tunnels may be excavated and old ones enlarged, causing considerable wood damage. Also, the yellow, coarse sawdust from borings beneath their entry hole contain their waste materials, leaving unsightly stains.

Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees. They are large, 3/4 to 1 inch long, heavy-bodied, blue-black to black colored with a green or purplish metallic sheen. The thorax is covered with bright yellow, orange or white hairs and the abdomen, especially on the top side, is black, shiny and bare without hairs. It is the males, with white markings on their head, that fly around aggressively, but they are harmless since they lack a stinger. Females have black heads, are docile and rarely sting. They have a dense brush of hairs on the hind legs whereas bumble bees have large pollen baskets and numerous, yellow hairs on the abdomen. Larvae are saclike, white and legless with brown, globular heads that bear small mouthparts. The pupal stage is passed in a silent cocoon.

Life Cycle and Habits
Both male and female carpenter bees overwinter as adults within their old nest tunnels. Adults emerge in the spring (April and early May) and mate. Females provision the tunnels or galleries with bee bread (mixture of pollen and regurgitated nectar), lay an egg on top of the mass and close the cell with chewed wood pulp. She excavates the gallery with her mandibles (mouthparts) at the rate of one inch in six days. The gallery has a clean-cut round entrance hole with sharp edges 3/8 to 1/2 inch wide (dime-sized) on the lateral wood surface. The gallery continues inward for one to two inches, then turns sharply at a 90 degree right angle running in the same direction as the wood grain for four to six inches or up to 10 feet long, if used by many bees. Damage from a pair of bees is slight, but if used by many bees over several years, damage can be extensive.

Each female may have six to eight sealed brood cells in a linear row in one gallery as she backs outward. Larvae develop on the pollen/nectar food mass provided, with the life cycle completed in 30 to 40 days. New adults chew through the cell partitions and emerge in late August. They collect and store pollen in the existing galleries, return to the tunnels to hibernate and mate the following spring. The previous year's adults die. They are not social insects and there is one generation per year.

Control Measures
Infestations are usually first detected by finding large amounts of sawdust droppings on the ground below the area being drilled or by observing bees going in and out of the round, circular holes in the wood affected. These bees attack all species of dried, seasoned wood, preferring softwoods such as cedar, redwood, cypress, pine and fir. Nail holes, exposed saw cuts and unpainted wood are attractive nesting sites. They may refurbish an existing tunnel instead of boring a new one or new tunnels may be constructed near old ones with infestations persisting for several years.

Keep all exposed wood surfaces well painted (oil base or polyurethane) to reduce attack. Wood stains will not prevent damage. Aluminum, asbestos, asphalt, vinyl siding and similar non-wood materials will not be damaged. If practical, remove and replace damaged wood with chemical pressure-treated wood to discourage nest construction.

During the daytime, locate tunnel entrances and after dark, on a cool evening when carpenter bees are less active, treat directly into the nest entrance and on a wide area of adjacent wood surface. Do not plug the entrance since bees should be allowed to pass freely to distribute the insecticide within the holes. If tunnels are plugged before bees are killed, they may chew new openings elsewhere. Dust applications are usually more residual and effective than sprays due to the nature of the gallery construction. Even newly emerged bees will contact the dust when leaving the opening. After treatment, some wait until adult activity ceases or until autumn before sealing the hole with caulking compound or wood putty. This procedure reduces wood deterioration and possible future infestation. Be sure to wear protective clothing to avoid any stings during treatment.

Dusts include bendiocarb (Ficam), boric acid (Perma-Dust), carbaryl (Sevin) or pyrethrins (Microcare). Other pesticides, either with some formulations restricted or restricted to be applied only by a licensed pesticide operator or applicator, include bendiocarb + pyrethrins (Ficam Plus), bifenthrin (Biflex), chlorpyrifos (Duration, Dursban, Empire, Engage, Tenure), cyfluthrin (Optem, Tempo), cypermethrin (Cynoff, Cyper-Active, Demon), deltamethrin (Suspend), fenvalerate (Tribute), permethrin (Astro, Dragnet, Flee, Prelude, Torpedo) and tralomethrin (Saga). Homeowners can use liquid sprays of carbaryl, diazinon, propoxur (Baygon), pyrethrins and resmethrin. Always read the label and follow directions and safety precautions.

sheri    Posted 07-06-2005 at 14:11:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband already sprayed and then plugged the hole so now the bees are just dripping off the corner of where their hole was. Now how do we get rid of them? They are trying to crawl under the shingles.

tim    Posted 06-11-2003 at 16:49:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just fyi, bumblebees and "wood bees" commonly referred to as carpenter bees are two different species.

Pat    Posted 06-02-2003 at 18:15:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you have a picture of a wood bee? I have small
grandchildren with me this summer, and need to
know if what we have seen are "wood bees." Do they
sting? How much damage can they do to a house? We
have seen 3 or 4 large bees with black and yellow
bodies flying near our wood porch. I have found
some articles, but no pictures. Your help would be
appreciated. Th

mitch wood    Posted 04-18-2002 at 09:08:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A dozen Bumble bees keep swarming and drilling round 3/8 holes in the facial board of my house.
How do you ge rid of them?

Mike Taylor    Posted 11-07-2001 at 18:20:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bumble bees are different from wood bees. Bumble bees sting like tarnation, but I never have heard of anyone being stung by a wood bee.

Maybe someone here can explain the difference? What were called bumble bees in my neck of the woods were smaller than wood bees.

kathy    Posted 06-21-2006 at 05:38:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was stung multiple times by a wood bee that somehow got into my bed!!!!

PCC-AL    Posted 11-08-2001 at 03:43:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where are you located Mike? I'm in Alabama and our bumble bees are pretty big. I guess they are about the size of a thimble. Some have a white spot on the front of their head and some do not. When I was a child, the kids would catch the bees with the white spot with their bare hands.I heard all my life that these would not sting, but the ones with black heads would. The spot may indicate male or female. I only caught one once this way and it didn't sting me. Maybe just lucky. I don't reccommend anyone try it.

Jerry B    Posted 11-05-2001 at 16:01:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I too use a tennis racket to kill the bees. when I find one already in the hole I fill it with my high pressure grease gun. They won't come out that hole again!

JoeK    Posted 11-05-2001 at 11:49:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heres some info(link)

Farmall Paul    Posted 11-06-2001 at 14:27:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to everyone for the input. I'll be ready for them next spring!

tomatolord    Posted 11-09-2001 at 19:12:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ether the stuff you start engines with

It freezes them right up

Mike Taylor    Posted 11-05-2001 at 11:26:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I use to use a wooden paddle on them things. My dad used his cattle whip and was a crack shot at it. (crack whip??)

I once (in the winter time) found a dead cedar tree full of the dang things. I cut out several slabs and made clocks out of them. I kept the prettiest and hung it above the fireplace. Well, come spring, I got a call from the wife while I was at work. Seems i had failed to find them all. I made a quick trip home.

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