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Old 01-16-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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We have carpenter bees in a wood house in the Lubec area. The house is in the woods. Orkin has been contacted and says they do not treat carpenter bees, and not only that, they do not know much about them. (The bees seem to be more common further south in the US. )

Does anyone know of an exterminator or expert who can help us to effectively and simply control them?
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Have you taken any samples to the Cooperative Extension Office for them to ID which
species of carpenter bee they are? I think there are around 500 species divided into 31 sub-genes.

I would suggest that you setup a feeder for them. Give them light sugar-water syrup with either: nicotine, pyrethrum or neem in it. These can all be sourced natural and organic.

A drop [or two] of lemongrass oil into each gallon of syrup you make, should help to attract them.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:11 AM
 
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No, I have not done that. Do you mean that they will eat the sugar water and die right there so I can collect them? If yes, that sounds like a great idea, and then I can bring them to the extension office. Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I would setup the feeder without any poison, and wait. After a few days of them taking the feed, then add the poison. That gives the larger community a chance to discover the feeder and to be drawn to it.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Let mew know how this turns out... I had an issue with carpenter bees on a 2 story porch some years ago and I rebuilt the porch with pressure treated wood.. I used one non pressure treated piece 8/8 post and last summer I found wood bees in it..
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