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Carpenter Bees

Postby HDRider » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:12 pm

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Any suggestions on how to get rid of carpenter bees? I've had the barns sprayed twice. It did knock out some, maybe a lot, but I still have way more than I want.

They have drilled a lot of holes in my old wood barns. I'd like for the barns to last another 30 years. After that I'll be in Cabo, but that is another story.

One of my simplest pleasures right now is going out to the barn to swat the carpenter bees with a badminton racket. The sound they make when I get a solid hit, and it's often, is a reward all itself. It is especially satisfying when they bounce on the concrete floor or the tin wall.. They are tough,, sometimes I have to squash them with my foot.

I think I could find something else to do that is at least as fun as swatting the bees with my racket.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby True Grit Farms » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:31 pm

Shooting them with snake shot - bird shot is fun also. The woodpeckers tearing the wood up eating the bees is worse than the bees themselves.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby M-5 » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:33 pm

Google bee traps, easy to make and they work
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby HDRider » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:33 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:Shooting them with snake shot - bird shot is fun also. The woodpeckers tearing the wood up eating the bees is worse than the bees themselves.

Maybe that is how I got all those holes in my tin roof..
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby HDRider » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:35 pm

M-5 wrote:Google bee traps, easy to make and they work

I looked at them. They seemed pretty hokey. The idea they'd choose the trap over the 18,000 holes they have seemed too far fetched.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby JMJ Farms » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:02 pm

Check with your local chemical dealer. Ask for Tempo SC. Around $55 for a bottle. I mix one bottle to 25 gallons in an ATV tank. Spray my barn and my house. Works wonders.

PS. Don't spray your cricket box. It has a very good residual.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby TCRanch » Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:57 am

Hate them! I have one of those bug zappers that looks like a tennis racket - it's my guilty, somewhat sadistic pleasure. I believe there is an old thread about carpenter bees (maybe referred to as wood bees); someone made their own trap & evidently it worked great but the key is to catch a female - although I have no clue how you would tell the difference.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby dun » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:16 am

TCRanch wrote:Hate them! I have one of those bug zappers that looks like a tennis racket - it's my guilty, somewhat sadistic pleasure. I believe there is an old thread about carpenter bees (maybe referred to as wood bees); someone made their own trap & evidently it worked great but the key is to catch a female - although I have no clue how you would tell the difference.

If it has a telephone stuck in its ear its a female. A beer in its hand it's a male
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby M-5 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:14 am

The traps work. 18000 holes is a lot to caulk up. Yall don't have dirt daubers????? them little basterds around here will evict the bee and pack mud in hole over night.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby dun » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:49 am

M-5 wrote:The traps work. 18000 holes is a lot to caulk up. Yall don't have dirt daubers????? them little basterds around here will evict the bee and pack mud in hole over night.

Seems the dirt daubers far and away prefer screwing up my equipment than they do messing with the wood bee holes
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby M-5 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:43 am

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M-5 wrote:The traps work. 18000 holes is a lot to caulk up. Yall don't have dirt daubers????? them little basterds around here will evict the bee and pack mud in hole over night.

Seems the dirt daubers far and away prefer screwing up my equipment than they do messing with the wood bee holes


the regular grey mud kind will do that too but the ones that prefer the bee holes are the ones that pack it with white stuff , I do not know what kind they are but the will fill any hole they find. It does not matter if its a bolt hole or bee hole they will cap it off.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby HDRider » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:16 am

M-5 wrote:The traps work. 18000 holes is a lot to caulk up. Yall don't have dirt daubers????? them little basterds around here will evict the bee and pack mud in hole over night.

I'll give 'em a try..

We have an abundance of dirt daubers. Didn't know they were helping me. They put a dirt clod nest on everything.
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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby skyhightree1 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:56 am

HDRider wrote:Image

Any suggestions on how to get rid of carpenter bees? I've had the barns sprayed twice. It did knock out some, maybe a lot, but I still have way more than I want.

They have drilled a lot of holes in my old wood barns. I'd like for the barns to last another 30 years. After that I'll be in Cabo, but that is another story.

One of my simplest pleasures right now is going out to the barn to swat the carpenter bees with a badminton racket. The sound they make when I get a solid hit, and it's often, is a reward all itself. It is especially satisfying when they bounce on the concrete floor or the tin wall.. They are tough,, sometimes I have to squash them with my foot.

I think I could find something else to do that is at least as fun as swatting the bees with my racket.


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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby Jogeephus » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:12 am

HDRider wrote:
M-5 wrote:Google bee traps, easy to make and they work

I looked at them. They seemed pretty hokey. The idea they'd choose the trap over the 18,000 holes they have seemed too far fetched.


You need to bait the trap. Kill a female and place in the container and it will fill with others.

This is all I use and works well. I put the female inside the trap and now the trap is filled all the way to the first line and more are trapped each week.

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Re: Carpenter Bees

Postby LRTX1 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:35 am

M-5 wrote:The traps work. 18000 holes is a lot to caulk up. Yall don't have dirt daubers????? them little basterds around here will evict the bee and pack mud in hole over night.


No kidding, I can lay an air tool down only to come back to it in a few minutes and they clogged the fitting. Maybe not that fast but it seems like it.
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