Carpenter bees, or wood bees, can be a great problem if not taken care of quickly. Given enough time and seasons, they can wreak havoc on the foundation structure of your home and buildings. One thing you should know is that male carpenter bees do not have the ability to sting. Females have the ability to sting, but rarely do. Remember that all bees have the ability to bite and can leave nasty bites. Use the following techniques and methods to get rid of carpenter bees in your home almost overnight. Generally located in warm, moist and humid in environments these property-lowering pests can wreck havoc on any household and are tricky to get rid of. We are going to give you the best ways to get rid of wood bees in a few simple tricks below.
Use pesticides for carpenter bees
There are many sprayable bee insecticides that contain the ability to kill wood bees. Generally this method is quite expensive and isn’t permanent. Buying cans of Raid year in and year out, spending an hour spraying these bees can be very time consuming and sometimes isn’t worth it. After you kill them, make sure to take a vacuum to the burrow and suck out the dead bee. Wood boring bees can leave irritating holes and hollow spaces inside the foundation of important wood.
As pesticides and insecticides are the traditional route to kill carpenter bees, there are many more effective techniques at solving this problem. If you happen to find a nest of bees, make sure to stay safe away from them and use a can that can spray at a minimum of 10 feet. Spray the nest twice and poke it with a long stick to be safe and not get stung.
If needed, you can simply fill the carpenter bee holes with caulk or putty. Bees will stay inside their burrow for months at a time and hibernate, so if you fill up the hole, they won’t even try to get out. The get trapped inside and eventually die. Using putty will also effectively fill up the hole to prevent future bees from using it. Whatever the method you choose to use, make sure to cover it up with some wood fill to decorate and create an illusion that the hole was never there in the first place.
Spray wood bee holes with Gas
Petrol, also known as diesel fuel, can be sprayed or lathered into the homes of these carpenter bees to push them out. It’s basically a homemade pesticide for wood bees. There are many precautions to take when using this flammable fuel. Keep it away from your skin and eyes, and try not to breathe in the fumes as they are harmful to your lungs. Consider using a spray bottle to make it easier to apply. Some prefer to place gasoline in a bucket and to use a paintbrush to apply. This may dry out your wood, so research about your type of wood and gasoline types.
Carburetor cleaner works as a great alternative to a homemade carpenter bee spray. Keep these harmful products away from pets and plants as they will literally eat through and kill your plants. Most strong chemicals to spray at flying bees can also be dangerous to children. I recommend using something like carburetor cleaner, body spray, or even silly putty to fill the chasms they leave behind.
Nobody wants carpenter bees inside their house! You can prevent this by installing vinyl siding or painting the sides of your house regularly. Wood looks great on many houses, but it also creates many problems. For some people, these problems don’t outweigh the benefits and they will have a beautiful luxurious wooden log cabin that will be infested with carpenter bees and termites within 3 months if they don’t spend time taking care of it. I recommend purchasing and using any non-wood siding method to vastly reduce many problems. Even though this is a huge renovation process to stop something as a simple carpenter bee from digging into your wood, you can have other motivations behind it.
Wood bees are very sensitive to noise and vibrations, especially when it irritates their homes in the wood. Set up a boombox or some speakers on your deck or wherever you are finding these carpenter bees. Basically, do whatever it takes to create enough noise to annoy them enough to move. Remember that this is not a permanent solution and you will have to make loud noise for a few hours at least once a week to thoroughly keep out these annoying bees. This method is great because it does no harm to your property or the bees themselves. If you are up to it, even throw a small party to nag the bees out of their burrows.
Kill them with a tennis racket
Some people want to have a little fun when solving a problem. I can tell you that this method is a blast and you can entertain an entire crowd of people trying to swing at a bee with a tennis racket. During the spring, these bees fly around and look for holes created last year. They are extremely active for about a month and if the time is right, you can swing at them with a tennis racket and kill them. Carpenter bees have a tendency to stop and hover for a few seconds, which makes them an easy and predictable target to hit!
Manufactures have found that if you induce an electric current into the metal wires of a badminton or tennis racket, you can kill bees, flies, wasps, and many other flying insects with a single swat. After you swat them, ensure that you step on them or pick them up with a paper towel so that nobody steps on them. It would be a shame to step on a carpenter bee with a bare foot! Squashing them and placing them in the trash will ensure they don’t come back.
Hire an exterminator
This is the obvious, quickest solution for many people without technical ability or the time to deal with this problem. Professional exterminators have experience and years of training and tools to quickly get rid of carpenter bees efficiently and humanely. If they need to kill the carpenter bees, they will do it quickly and in the best way possible. Give your local exterminator a call and explain the situation to get a price quote of removing wood bees.
One of the most notorious methods of plugging carpenter bee’s holes is using some steel wool. Prevent bees from burrowing into your wood by rolling up some steel wool and pushing it into the hole. This will do two things. First, if you are lucky enough to have a carpenter bee in the hole already, you will have basically just killed it by making its home a jail cell. It can’t burrow through steel wool and will die. Second, you will plug the hole preventing future bees from reusing the same burrow.
For decoration and exterior purposes, consider using putty to fill the hole as well. After you putty and sand down the old burrow, you can repaint it or stain the wood to make it look nice and undisturbed. There are many other aerosols which kill and disturb the living homes of carpenter bees.
Paint and stain
This brings us to our next solution. Paint and stain your wooden deck or roof to harden the outside wood making it more difficult for a wood bee to find a spot to burrow. This will discourage the bees from using your property as a house. Many exterminators say they see most wood bees infesting wood that has been untreated. Not only will this prevent these annoying insects from destroying your foundation, it will also increase your property value. Using a high-strength paint along with a nice primer will ensure your house’s protection from any endangering bugs or pests that would try to make their way in. Wood boring bees seem to have trouble eating paint and will stray away from your home after a couple coats.
Replace rotten wood
If, for some reason, you have not painted your wood or used any of these preventative measure and find yourself pondering the carpenter bee eggs in your wood, there is one last technique. You an simply buy new wood and remodel the infested wood. Rotten wood with termites and insect eggs can pose a health risk as well as devalue the price of your property. Be proactive and reduce this danger by killing carpenter bees before they lay eggs in your home. Some severe infestations may require the help and professional knowledge of an exterminator. Exterminators have the proper tools and equipment to get rid of the problem fast and without much error, but they will cost you.
We hope these little tips helped you remove your carpenter bee problem, and if you have any better techniques, feel free to drop a comment below. We love discussing new ideas and may even add it to the list if it’s good enough.