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Old 05-23-2017, 03:02 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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We have a nest by my apartment. I originally thought that they were bumble bees, but they turned out to be carpenter bees (which buzz louder for some reason), and somebody said that they are very passive and would only sting somebody if it gets mishandled. How useful are these guys?
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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They pollinate a few plant species, but mostly they're regarded as pests because they burrow into wood to make their nests.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenter_bee
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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They pollinate a few plant species, but mostly they're regarded as pests because they burrow into wood to make their nests.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenter_bee
It is super loud at night, to where it can make it difficult to sleep.
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Old 05-25-2017, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Buy one or make one yourself...

Carpenter bee trap
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Buy one or make one yourself...

Carpenter bee trap
These do not do squat. Yes they catch some bees, but more just come.

You have to find the wood they are burrowing into and puff poisons into their tunnels and plug them, then spray all of the wood with another poison, then paint every bit of wood that is not painted. then spray it some more. They are very hard to get rid of and ever few months they multiply.

While is it no more effective than the traps, it can be fun to go out and swat them out of the air with a bad mitten racket.
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Old 05-25-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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These do not do squat...
They certainly worked in my backyard, and they got rid of our carpenter bees. Of course, you do have to put them out before they start damaging your wood.
We only had a moderate sized wood deck and a wooden play center. I suppose if you have a large amount of exposed wood, you'll have to resort to properly treating the wood to eliminate the problem.
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Old 05-26-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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Almond (not sweet almond) oil is a natural repellent for Carpenter Bees. As aforementioned they are pollinators and our pollinators are on the decline. Repel rather than exterminate if at all possible. They cannot stand almond oil-apply inside the holes they have drilled and they will go somewhere else-to the neighbor?? I have been doing this for years.
Call me weird or whatever you like. I know we need pollinators in the area where I reside.

thanks
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Old 05-26-2017, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...I know we need pollinators in the area where I reside...
We need pollinators everywhere there are plants. I put bee houses in our backyard to accommodate the solitary pollinators in our garden.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:23 AM
 
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Not sure about the useful part, but there was a carpenter bee nest near my place once and a neighbor suggested I use my vacuum cleaner to clear them up. It wasn't a very big nest though and that's why I had the guts to do it in the late evening hours when most of those guys were resting inside their nest. That was that. Plus, my vacuum cleaner survived :P
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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These do not do squat. Yes they catch some bees, but more just come.

You have to find the wood they are burrowing into and puff poisons into their tunnels and plug them, then spray all of the wood with another poison, then paint every bit of wood that is not painted. then spray it some more. They are very hard to get rid of and ever few months they multiply.

While is it no more effective than the traps, it can be fun to go out and swat them out of the air with a bad mitten racket.
I have excellent luck with these traps. We have all but eradicated them over the last 2 years.
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