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Carpenter Bees

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:28 pm    Post subject: Carpenter Bees Reply with quote

My log home has been "attacked" by carpenter bees.

Initially I thought they'd be put off by treated wood, but eventually they started drilling holes anywhere, and at some point I probably two dozen future residents (plus potential for kids later) which weren't really welcome.

I have since fought them with WD40, which seems to lead to a quick death, plus sprayed with a Citronella oil and other oils mixed with vodka to keep them away (seems to work temporarily) and have patched all the holes with foil and caulking on top of it.

I have also installed carpenter bee traps around the house, which basically get them into a bottle. I wonder what I can put into that bottle to kill them off relatively quickly/humanely, w/o having a smell that would prevent them from entering the trap.

Diatomaceous Earth?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so your not a "friends of the bees" type then Very Happy
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