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Old 04-02-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Every spring these big bumble bees show up and eat holes in the exterior of my house. They like to eat holes in the eve and wood trimming. The question is this- is there ANY way to kill the damn things short of using a tennis racket? What kind of POISON do I need to get rid of them?
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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Unpainted, exposed wood is especially attractive to carpenter bees.

Carpenter Bees
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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Carpenter Bees are the pits! Have they also been doing their dive bombing attacks at your head to scare you off 'their property"?!?!?
The short answer is -you need an exterminator. the way to take care of them involved spraying the holes (where the little #&%^% are laying eggs and where their larvae are going to munch through your wood frame) and dusting them with a powder that kills them. As far as I know there isn't much to be done as a preventative but I could be wrong.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I've got a problem also that it is in the beginning stages. I have been told by numerous people that they are impossible to get rid of. You fix their holes, they dig/chew new ones. I now have vinyl siding everywhere I could put it.. and now they decided to chew on my wood fence and are hanging around on my deck. I know people think I'm nuts, but I'm out there chasing them with a fly swatter trying to kill the buggers. I put spray down the holes then covered them up. But.. they're back. I hear if you can get rid of them, they'll find your neighbors house. Ugh!! If anyone comes up with a way, I'd love to know more.
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Falling Waters, WV
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I've got a problem also that it is in the beginning stages. I have been told by numerous people that they are impossible to get rid of. You fix their holes, they dig/chew new ones. I now have vinyl siding everywhere I could put it.. and now they decided to chew on my wood fence and are hanging around on my deck. I know people think I'm nuts, but I'm out there chasing them with a fly swatter trying to kill the buggers. I put spray down the holes then covered them up. But.. they're back. I hear if you can get rid of them, they'll find your neighbors house. Ugh!! If anyone comes up with a way, I'd love to know more.
We had them in our other house, they went down through the siding and I could hear them underneath it. They did put a hole in one section of our fence but there didn't seem to be a big deal except for that one spot under the siding they sent to.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We had them in our other house, they went down through the siding and I could hear them underneath it. They did put a hole in one section of our fence but there didn't seem to be a big deal except for that one spot under the siding they sent to.
Oh No.. I keep seeing them buzz around the siding but don't see how they could get in. Was there a hole you could see in the siding? Now I'm panic stricken that they maybe in there. eeh gads!
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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If you think wood eating bees are a problem you should see the critters that infest stone or concrete houses. The stone eating wasps and the concrete drilling beetles among others.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Get an exterminator asap and get a yearly contract! We had a neighbor that her window frames were crumbling like powder.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Falling Waters, WV
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Oh No.. I keep seeing them buzz around the siding but don't see how they could get in. Was there a hole you could see in the siding? Now I'm panic stricken that they maybe in there. eeh gads!
No there was no hole in the siding but I watched them and they would go in where the siding ended with the garage, I think it was the wood trim and them travel down about 2 feet is where I heard them.
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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The only way to get rid of them is to call an exterminator - at least - that is what we were told at our previous house. Our neighbor found where they had destroyed areas in his garage, so he got an exterminator out - and we all started checking our homes to see if we had an infestation as well. We had our home sprayed "just in case" b/c we did find them hovering around the facia on one end of our house. No one ever had a problem again - at least not in the six or so houses right around us. We moved five years later so it appeared the treatment worked.
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