How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees
How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees and Their Nests
Carpenters Bees can destroy wood in a matter of days if not hours. You should always get rid of Carpenters Bees as soon as they appear. They chew tunnels through wood to build themselves a nice, cozy home... at your expense. Carpenter Bees will continue to bore through what ever piece of wood they have created their nest in until hey are destroyed or extracted by an exterminator.
How to Prevent Carpenter Bees
Prevent Carpenter Bees Before They Get Started
Carpenter Bees can be nasty little creatures causing serious damage to wooden objects, frames, and building exteriors. Carpenter bees chew tunnels through wood to build nests and to lay their eggs. They chew their way through soft wood and create tunnels with numerous chambers. Female carpenter bees create larger tunnels to create a cozy home for them and their young. Females prefer to build their nest in wood that receives direct sunlight while males will have no preference.
It is best to prevent Carpenter bees before they appear. This isn't an easy task but there are a few simple things you can do ahead of time to prevent a huge infestation.
~Insure that all exposed wood is painted or sealed.
~Seal small wood holes and cracks in wood. These types of holes can create the perfect habitat for Carpenter bees.
~Use Carpenter bee traps to diminish the current population of Carpenter bees and to catch any newcomers.
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How to Get Rid of Existing Carpenter Bees by Hand
Get Rid of Carpenter Bees Without Chemicals
Once you realize you have Carpenter bees it is important to take action in removing them quickly to prevent a large infestation and serious damage.
First, start the process by removing the Carpenter bee nest. The easiest way to remove them is to use a vacuum with a narrow ended attachment and cover the hole and vacuum the bees out. This helps to prevent being stung and to maximize the chances of a vacant nest when you fill it in.
If you are not sure that all the carpenter bees have been removed you can either vacuum it again or follow up with an insecticide to insure any remaining bees will be ramified.
Once the carpenter bees have been removed you can then seal the hole to prevent other bees from claiming the nest as their new home.
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How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees with Insecticide Sprays
Rid Carpenter Bees with Insecticides
If you choose not to remove Carpenter bees by hand you have another option, insecticides. You can find several different types of insecticide sprays at your local department store, garden center and hardware stores. Some are sprays that work immediately and prevent further infestations, other just ramify the current population in a nest. Read the label to find out what type of insecticide you are purchasing and whether or not it will prevent future Carpenter bee infestations.
Once you have purchased the insecticide spray you choose to use, follow the instructions according to the label. Each one should have a time frame in which it will take to kill the Carpenter bees and how long before the area is safe for your to enter again.
Once the area is safe for you to enter again you will need to fill in the holes created by the nest to prevent other Carpenter bees and insects from regaining ownership of the nest.
The Difference Between Carpenter Bees and Bumble Bees
Get Rid of Carpenter Bees with an Exterminator
An Exterminator Can Also Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees
If you prefer not to handle the task of getting rid of Carpenter bees yourself there is good news. You can hire someone to handle it for you. Contact your local exterminator to get the job done. They will have commercial grade insecticides and usually satisfaction guarantee for their work leaving you with assurance that they will get the job done. They will not only spray the nest but usually the whole yard and inclusive structures.
Identify a Carpenter Bee Nest
Sealing Carpenter Bee Nests
The Last Step to Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees
Once you have eliminated the Carpenter bees you should always feel in the holes they created. By filling in the holes you prevent other insects from making a new home in the previous nest. You also prevent further damage from rot and moisture.
Seal the hole using a wood putty, wood caulk or create your own putty using a mixture of wood dust and wood glue. Feel the hole as deeply as possible and to the very outer end of the hole. Using a putty knife or similar tool, smooth the putty flush with the exterior board to insure the hole is properly sealed and still tidy looking.
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