Are carpenter bees proliferating at your home or commercial property? If the answer to this question is, “yes, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are effective, practical and affordable ways to get rid of these fascinating, yet annoying insects.
Basic Facts to Consider
In case you don’t already know, carpenter bees are big and solitary bees. These “lone rangers” have wings with a purplish hue and they are commonly found in nests within the stems of plants and/or within pieces of “dead wood”.
Since carpenter bees may sting, (the females sting, but not the males!) most people don’t want them around. Male carpenter bees don’t sting – however, they do buzz and hover in order to intimidate those that threaten them!
The key to getting rid of carpenter bees is learning the most effective and time-honored removal techniques.
How These Bees Form Hives
Carpenter bees don’t form traditional hives, where loads of bees are together in one place, under the direction of a “queen bee”. Since carpenter bees are solitary, they nest individually instead (or in pairs with mates, plus any offspring).
As we mentioned earlier, these bees nest in dead wood or in plant stems. This means that it’s possible to happen upon them by accident!
During the cold-weather months, carpenter bees practice hibernation within their nests. Mating happens in the springtime. At this point, they typically clear out and widen existing tunnels or make new tunnels. The new tunnels are prepared for their offspring. New carpenter bees (“babies”, if you will) are born in late summer.
Typically, removal of these bees will happen in the autumn. This will ensure that any offspring which were born at the end of the summer will be eliminated.
Removal Steps to Follow
Carpenter bee control is really rather straightforward. However, you will need to invest in some insecticides in order to ensure that their presence is minimized or eliminated. Experts recommend insecticides which are classified as “residual” – examples include Cyper WSP and FenvaStar Cap.
Once you’ve chosen an appropriate insecticide, spray it where carpenter bees nest. Then, move on to step two, which will require the usage of a residual insecticide dust – Tempo Dust is a good one to try.
Use the dust in every opening of the bee-laden area (a piece of dead wood, for example).
Before using these products, read their instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. It’s important to proceed with caution when using insecticides. When you follow the direction, you should stay safe and you spray and dust.
Once you’ve followed these simple steps, you’ll be ready for the third and final step, which is plugging up holes.
For best results, follow these steps in the autumn. By working with the natural life cycle of carpenter bees, you’ll be able to get better results.
If you want to find the right products, you may wish to shop around for them online. However, they should also be available in your own community. It’s important to use the right insecticides and to finish up by plugging the holes. Plugging the holes will ensure that the insecticide works inside of the affected area, rather than dissipating into the outside air…
Hopefully, this quick, fact-filled guide has given you the right template for success, while also providing you with some interesting information about carpenter bees. Our goal is to help you clear your outdoor environment of these unwanted insects. While you may not look forward to dealing with your carpenter bee problem, our tips should make it clear that getting rid of these pesky bees doesn’t have to be difficult. So, why not make a plan today?