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Carpenter Bees

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I don't know where to put this thread so please move it if it's not in the right spot.

What are you all using to control carpenter bees? Do you have any advice or secrets? I bought a trap where they fly in the "bird house" and get trapped in the jar. It works, but I swear more just come around. There's a "Carpenter Bee Control Kit" on Do My Own (here), but I don't know how effective it is. I think they're attracted to my hydrangeas and japanese yew. Either way they need to die. No matter how many times I tell my wife the carpenter bees won't bother her she flips out each time one buzzes around. The dog and I are over it. Thanks in advance!
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Colonel K0rn said:
Carpenter bees always come around my house during the Spring, and the dogs like to chase them. It gives them a lot of entertainment. The carpenter bees are only searching for unpainted wood, and when the female finds something that she likes, she'll bore a hole in it about the size of your pinky, and lay eggs. The males won't sting, but they are pretty territorial, and inquisitive, they might do a fly-by.

Best thing to do is to find where the female is boring for her burrow, and spray the inside of the hole at night with some wasp/hornet killer(something with a knockdown pyrethrin), and then plug it up with a dowel, and put some wood putty or paint over it. Or just tell your wife to arm herself with a badminton racket, which is quite effective.

I got some pretty cool pictures of a female carpenter bee back in 2009, when I was experimenting with an old Olympus Point & Shoot. That camera took great pictures.

You are in the South, so this guys style might suit you better. :lol:
Those pictures are awesome, especially for a point and shoot! You should have put them in the cool pictures thread
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