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How to Get Rid of Boring Bees


Carpenter bees are also known as wood-boring bees and even though they are different from other types of bees, such as honey bees or bumble bees, they can be harmful to your property. You know you have to be extra careful in dealing with bees because they are important for pollination and beneficial to the environment. The key is to not exterminate them unless they are in the house and causing allergic reactions, getting aggressive and stinging. 

How do I know they are wood-boring bees?

In order to determine an appropriate plan of action, you need to identify the type of bees you are dealing with, inside or outside the house. Boring bees are mostly found with yellow heads and green, blue or black abdomens. As compared to other bees, boring bees are hairless.

The male bees do not sting but they do get aggressive when they are protecting their nests. You may notice that they fly around people or insects if they are hovering near the nests. The female bees can sting you if they are provoked. You would find them in limited numbers, usually 10 in each generation. Furthermore, they are not social bees so there would be one female for a colony, with the males protecting the colony.

Boring bees could build colonies in wooden railing, outdoor furniture, windows and doors. If you begin discovering in wooden surfaces around or outside the house, they bees may have begun nesting and expanding their colonies. You can also identify a boring-bee infestation if you find sawdust on the floor or its residue on the walls, holes, pollen, bee excrement and increasing number of bees around the house.

Boring bees tend to build colonies in soft wood, for instance, pine, oak or redwood. More specifically, they prefer to settle in wooden structures that have not been painted completely or finished.   

So how much is too much when it comes to bees?

The question is what boring bees can really do? Of course, you can tell by the sawdust residue and holes in your wooden structures that the colonies keep expanding and within time take so much space that it may facilitate structural damage. Therefore, you want to avoid having to deal with a large number of bees and nests around the house, which could also take weeks to manage. Moreover, people or kids may get stung if they were not intentionally trying to provoke the bees.

Therefore, it is important to drive them out if people in the house are getting harmed or infrastructure is getting affected.

The fastest way…aerosol

This is an immediate solution if the infestation is severe should be applied with care. Aerosol sprays are effective in exterminating bees; yet their harsh properties can render the treated areas uninhabitable for pests and bees.

To carry out the treatment, spray inside the holes of affected areas and cover with steel wood to prevent bees from coming in.

Simply, vacuum them up

This should be done when the bees are in their holes so that you can get the maximum number of them. Since bees are active during the day, use the hose on the entryways and walls to suck them out.

It’s best to do this when the bees have started building colonies because that slows them down. The vacuum cleaner should be powerful enough to pull the bees out, especially when they have built nests deep inside the wooden boards.

Remember to wear gloves, masks and cover yourself from head-to-toe to prevent being attacked.

Essential oils to the rescue

You could either get essential oil sprays from a local pharmacy or make your own to get rid of bees. Tea tree oil, almond oil and citrus sprays are effective in repelling bees. Try mixing lemon and orange to make your own citrus spray and apply on the affected areas.

Note that they may get washed or dried up; thus, re-apply them and repeat for several days or weeks to get rid of the infestation.

Diatomaceous Earth as a deterrent, anyone?

Before applying the treatment, wear gloves and mask to avoid harsh reactions, irritation or rashes. Get it from a local pharmacy. It is an effective remedy to get rid of bees and other pests if used the right way.

It would need to be re-applied as it may get washed or blown off. Apply it inside the holes and seal them with steel wood.

Seal the open spaces

Identify the entry ways where the bees could have been coming from. Furthermore, apply a deterrent on the holes of wooden structures where bees have been nesting and cover them with steel wood.

This should be done preferably when the bees are out o f the nests, during the day.

Sound repellent

Sound repellents are effective in driving the bees out because they are sensitive to vibrations. Place a sound box near their nests as the sound would make them aggressive and try to get away from the source.

For the remaining bees, swat them or vacuum them up.

In order to get rid of them completely, specifically if you want to avoid harsh chemicals, the most effective remedy would be to use a combination of these methods, in rotation and repeat them every few days or weeks to get rid of boring bees completely.   

Solutions Pest & Lawn Can Help You Eliminate Boring Bees

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a number of items that are perfect for controlling Boring bees or carpenter bees. Few of the examples are Demon WPFenva Star cap as well as Firponil Foaming Aerosol.

If you need more helpful information in eliminating boring bees or any other pest problem you may encounter, reach out to us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or go on our website and start up a live chat with an expert representative.


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