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Old 05-09-2019, 12:36 PM
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Got a wood rack next to the house and for the first time in 10 years these frickin bees are tunneling into the wood I use at the outdoor fireplace. Really don't care about the wood in the rack, just don't want them burrowing into any part of the wood trim on the house. Strange lil creatures in that they burrow in about an inch or so then tunnel outwards within the wood. Would like to tarp the racks and fumigate the barstards to save the wood. Wifey wants to get rid of the wood but there is good stack of wood there and don't know how I could heave hoe that much wood on the service that picks the trash up. Thought about burning the wood systematically but seems like a waste.

Anyone dealt with these critters before.
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I let the kids go after them with tennis rackets..provides hours of entertainment
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I let the kids go after them with tennis rackets..provides hours of entertainment

Been using badminton racket while grilling. Great sport
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https://www.myfrugalhome.com/how-to-...nter-bee-trap/

These things are a godsend. You can pick them up for ~10 bucks or so if you don’t want to DIY.
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They are great pollinators. However they can do damage eventually if enough of them bore into your soffits or overhangs. I preferred to wrap all that parts of the house or buildings in Aluminum to prevent them. If you want to trap them you can.

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I've built a box. It works to some degree. My house is all wood siding so I have been fighting with the bastards for a long time. Badminton racket is my weapon of choice. I also spray carpenter bee killer that expands in the tunnels.

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And caulking works well if you catch them inside the tunnels....and you see these traps for sale in the mountains for $15. I need to make a couple for myself.
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It's always a good idea to keep a firewood pile some distance from the house- keep the critters that like the woodpile from also liking your house!
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https://www.myfrugalhome.com/how-to-...nter-bee-trap/

These things are a godsend. You can pick them up for ~10 bucks or so if you don’t want to DIY.
I made two of those traps EXACTLY as instructed. In three years they haven't caught a single carpenter bee. I did use a treated 4 x 4 in making them. My only guess is that they did not go for the traps because the lumber is treated.
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I made two of those traps EXACTLY as instructed. In three years they haven't caught a single carpenter bee. I did use a treated 4 x 4 in making them. My only guess is that they did not go for the traps because the lumber is treated.
Really? Mine is treated and it catches quite a few. Mud wasps like it also.
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I made two of those traps EXACTLY as instructed. In three years they haven't caught a single carpenter bee. I did use a treated 4 x 4 in making them. My only guess is that they did not go for the traps because the lumber is treated.
Mine are treated as well but I have no problems catching them. Maybe there’s something more enticing nearby?
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It's always a good idea to keep a firewood pile some distance from the house- keep the critters that like the woodpile from also liking your house!

Wood pile going on 10+ years never saw the farkers. Now some of the wood has hole burrowed into it. Most is ash. Crazy they are gnawing way at it. Think it may have really just got to the right hardness and they started in on it this spring. really like to fumigate the farkers with a tarp thrown over then arrange those traps and monitor from there.
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Get you a can of the the green Corrosion-X and spray it in the holes. It sticks to the sides of the holes and as they crawl thru, it clings to them and kills them dead in less than a minute. It stays there so if any more of them go thru, it kills them too. You'll have to re-spray the holes every year or so.

We had them in our granddaughter's wooden swing frame a couple of years ago. One spray killed them and kept them out for 2 years. Had to re-spray earlier this spring. Haven't seen any since I sprayed - maybe 2 months ago.
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Thanks for the tip Back-in-Black. I'll have to try it. I live in a LOG home. Only thing worse than the damn bees is the WOODPECKERS trying to get the bees. I have holes in the house I can damn near get my fist in. I try to keep up with them. Sevin dust in the holes works to an extent, then plug the holes with foam and caulk. But it's usually too late by then, the eggs are laid and next year they're back. I've tried the tennis/badminton racket thing and still do from time to time. It works! My favorite is the ole daisy BB gun. Yes, I SHOOT the little bastards out of the air! Patience you need. Wait until they hover and they're not that hard a target at under 10 ft. I killed about 30 of them the other night off the wisteria bush. Was nice and sunny and it was covered up with them. The whole bush had a buzz to it when I started. Not a noise when I was done!
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There is a big shortage in skilled bees. Nowadays all the bees think they have to go to college. Same with the ants.
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I made several traps last week out of aged 4x4's.
Hung them around my cabin which was newly stained. Caught a couple.
I've caught several in the one I hung on my utility trailer. They seem to really like the wood deck.
I made some with roofs and some w/o. If you don't hang under an eve, they really prefer a roof over the block.
I use 4" 4x4 sections.
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I gave up in Ohio trying to prevent them Being a Carpenter by trade, I was always impressed that the holes were always EXACTLY 3/8" Not over or less, no matter the size of the bee.
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These little bastards cut my mail box down last year. I knew they were boring holes but didn't realize the middle of the post was just about hollow. Big wind storm snapped it in half.
Went metal post this time.
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:24 AM
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Mine are treated as well but I have no problems catching them. Maybe there’s something more enticing nearby?
There's no shortage of untreated wood where the traps are and that's where they're still boring so that must be the case.
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