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How To Get Rid of Wood Bees

Having insects around the house is quite annoying. Things become even worse when these creatures can fly. Bees are some of the most bothersome insects that you can encounter around the house—wood bees to be specific.

These bees are also known as carpenter bees. Apart from the fact that female wood bees can sting, carpenter bees tend to damage the walls of your place by making tunnels inside them. Yes! These bees live inside the walls of your home. The last thing you would want is to leave them be, causing a potential infestation.

Fortunately, there are several home remedies that you can apply to get rid of wood bees and ensure they don’t come back. We have mentioned some of the best remedies in this article for you.

About Wood Bees

Often confused with bumble bees, wood bees (or carpenter bees) are a common nemesis around residential areas. They belong to the genus Xylocopa. These bees get their name from the way they nest. They build their homes inside bamboo or dead wood. Carpenter bees tend to have hairless and shiny abdomens. They are between 12-25 mm long, and have different colors.

Chucking Wood Bees

Getting rid of wood bees is not as difficult as most people think it to be. For starters, male bees, who normally roam around the nests, don’t have a stinger—making your job fairly easier. Here are a few great ways to get rid of carpenter bees.

Method #1: Spraying Liquid Insecticides

One of the simplest DIY methods to get rid of carpenter bees is to spray a liquid insecticide. You can start off by following the directions on the product label. There are several spray insecticides that you can opt for here at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

What we highly recommend is Firponil Foaming Aerosol and Dominion 2L Insecticide Concentrate.

Spray it around the house, especially on parts that are more prone to infestations. These parts of the house may include railings, eaves, fascia boards, and landscape fixtures etc. Do this once a month at least, especially prior to, and during the bee season.

It is always recommended to wear a bee suit during the treatment. Although male wood bees don’t sting, the spray treatment will pose you as an enemy to the female bees, eventually provoking them.

Method #2: Implementing Dust Applications

Another professional method of chucking wood bees is dust application. Basically, you find the wood bee-holes and fill them up with dust insecticide. We recommend dusts we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn such as Tempo Dust and D Fense Dust etc. many have curved tips that can reach the tunnel very easily.

 Afterwards, you plug these holes. It is best to conduct this activity in the evening as this is when female bees tend to be inside the nest. It is also the time when these bees are least active.

In addition to exterminating the current infestation, dust application also keeps developing wood bees from growing past their stage, preventing the growth of their population in the future.

Method #3: Using Citrus Oil

Wood bees are not a fan of citrus oil. This makes the oil into the perfect arsenal to get rid of them. The best part of using citrus oil is that it is not toxic. You can put it inside a spraying can, and spray it onto the existing holes. Make sure you spray a good amount.

Before you know it, the bees will be long gone. The preparation of citrus oil is also pretty simple. Just mix essential oils of lemon, and orange, along with around 6-8 ounces of water and you are good to go.

Method #4: Sticking Steel Wool

Carpenter bees can dig through hard surfaces. If you plug the holes with a wooden cork, they’ll probably find their way out. However, do that with steel wool, and the bees won’t be able to escape. Simply fill the holes with the wool. To prevent ruining the aesthetic appeal of your walls, you can cover the wool with a stroke of paint.

Method #5: Spreading Diatomaceous Earth

If you want the most effective and natural way to get rid of wood bees, using D.E. may be your best alternative. It is not just used for wood bees, but also for eradicating infestations of several other insects. In case of wood bees, the application is simple. Fill the holes with this chemical, and close them. It is best used when you’re dealing with large infestations.

Solutions Pest & Lawn suggests Alpine Dust as a great diatomaceous earth product for wood bee control.

Method #6: Painting the Wood

Sometimes some of the simplest things such as painting can help keep the wood bees away. It is a known fact that these bees tend to build nests in untreated wood. You can paint your wall and furniture every once a while to keep it fresh. Carpenter bees are quite likely to stay away if the wood is fresh or well-maintained.

What Happens Once the Wood Bees Are Gone?

You can use any of the six remedies mentioned in this article to get rid of wood bees for good. But what happens when they’re gone? Well, that’s the point where you take measures to prevent any future infestations. Start off by replacing the wood that had been damaged by the bees. Once you’ve done that, it is recommended that you apply paint and/or a top-grade sealant to keep the bees from digging into it.

Also, don’t leave potential bee-nesting areas as is. Keep a check and ensure that they aren’t coming back. It would be easier to get rid of them in the initial stages than to finding out later when an infestation has already taken place.

View our Video How-To Guide on Wood Bee Treatment

If you’re a DIYer who would be shown rather than told how to treat for wood bees, we here at Solutions Pest & Lawn have put together a great video outlining how to properly treat for a wood bee or carpenter bee invasion around your home.  Follow the tips and product recommendations in the video below and you can be assured that your carpenter bee problem will soon be a thing of the past.

 

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