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Old 05-19-2019, 01:53 PM
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What’s the best way to keep bees from eating holes in untreated wood? Was planning to stain the untreated wood but from what I’m reading, stained wood really doesn’t bother them. Any suggestions?

The untreated wood is 2x4 that metal roof panels will be screwed too.
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Trap em'. They don't care if it's treated, painted or soaked with honey. The little bast@#$'s will eat. They got smart this year here and are hiding "behind" places so I can't spray. So I soaked cotton balls with bee killer and stuffed it in the holes. Did the trick.
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They ain't honey bees, so whacking them ain't gonna hurt the environment much.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:41 PM
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I made a bunch of traps from an old 4x4.
Trapped quite a few.
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Just went thru this. Had a sh!t ton of seasoned Ash. Ph#ckers ate right through it in the last 3 seasons with a new generation each year. Seasoned wood sat on wood racks made from treated wood - those critters never even sniffed the treated stuff.

Just heave hoed the entire load of seasoned wood to the guy who rented me the trailer at the tool rental. After wood was gone - Thursday pulled out the old tennis racquet and with a viscous back hand annihilated a 100 or so carpenter bees who were so peeved and confused.
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Agree with above, they will go through treated wood like nothing. They are chewing away at my garden trellis, my rocking chair my some built for me and the railings on my porch.
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
Just went thru this. Had a sh!t ton of seasoned Ash. Ph#ckers ate right through it in the last 3 seasons with a new generation each year. Seasoned wood sat on wood racks made from treated wood - those critters never even sniffed the treated stuff.

Just heave hoed the entire load of seasoned wood to the guy who rented me the trailer at the tool rental. After wood was gone - Thursday pulled out the old tennis racquet and with a viscous back hand annihilated a 100 or so carpenter bees who were so peeved and confused.
It takes just about 5 maybe 6 years before they start on treated stuff. Year 6-7 the feed line starts on treated. Only thing I've found that would stop em' is metal/vinyl siding; But lately I think they've even been eyeballing my vinyl .....
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Tennis racket
Badminton is a little more effective. MUCH more clubhead speed. They won't get away!
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Badminton is a little more effective. MUCH more clubhead speed. They won't get away!
Yup. Pay a kid $.50 per carcass.
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Carpenter Bees are more prolific pollinators than honey bees.

I know they destroy things, but they are really important little critters.
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Peppermint oil diluted in a spray bottle. They will not land an stop eating you wood. I spray about every 10 days or so.
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Originally Posted by SeaPro48 View Post
Badminton is a little more effective. MUCH more clubhead speed. They won't get away!
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Yup. Pay a kid $.50 per carcass.

I was using the tennis racket and it was so awesome to hear the resonation of the strings when they ran into the strings.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:13 PM
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Here is the straight truth about Carpenter Bees and getting rid of 150 other critters and bugs:

https://bugspray.com/article/carpenterbee.html
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That works, and so do branches or anything else that you can stuff into the hole. They will be there as long as you let them feel at home...
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Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
Here is the straight truth about Carpenter Bees and getting rid of 150 other critters and bugs:

Good info. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
That works, and so do branches or anything else that you can stuff into the hole. They will be there as long as you let them feel at home...
I would argue that.

I found them bastages eating the roof over my boat lift. Happened to have some spray foam on hand.

Filled the holes one night. Next morning found half of the holes cleaned out. A few of the others had bees partially escaped, partially encased in spray foam.

They are the f'ing zombies of bees.
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Here's a simple carpenter bee trap, a piece of 4x4 screwed to a ball jar, drill a 9/16 hole into it and another 9/16 hole through the jar lid to intercept the hole on the front of the block. They go in, go down into the jar and can't get out, simple, non-toxic and works for a quite a while, empty the jar as needed.
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Dunno how effective but I read you can fill up and paper bag with loose newspaper, close off the end with some string or tape and hang it up. The puffed up bag looks like a hornets nest to the bees and they leave.
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