do birds feed on bees

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I saw the Drione video and will use that product for a rather large Carpenter Bee problem on my deck.  I was wondering if attracting birds to the immediate area, via a bird feeder/house, would the birds “feed” on any new bees and possibly serve as a preventative measure?

The quick answer is no, birds won’t feed on bees. I’m sure there is a specie of bird somewhere that will but in general, it’s not accepted or even known about as occurring to any extent that would have a significant impact. Having kept bird feeders over many years in many regions of the United States, I can assure you I’ve seen no cases where the presence of birds detracted or effectively repelled bees or wasps. In fact, I’ve seen the two live side by side many times. I’ve owned bird houses that been invested with bees. I’ve also been called out to treat many bee and wasp nests which were in bird houses! That’s right, wasp and bee nests in bird houses! It always amazed me how close the two can live without either seeming to care about the other and in none of these cases did I see birds getting stung or birds eating the bees. To me I’d say it’s more of a “birds don’t much notice the bees” relationship and not a prey/predator effect like you’d think.

That means if you wish to repel carpenter bees from your property after treating with DRIONE DUST, you’ll need to employ either the CYPERMETHRIN or the INSECT REPELLENT sprays we have listed in our CARPENTER BEE ARTICLE. Both will work; the Cypermethrin will be a true chemical they can’t stand and if they forage onto treated surfaces will in turn kill themselves. The Insect Repellent won’t kill anything but it does a decent job of repelling new insects like bees and wasps from coming around.

Here are direct links to the information and products mentioned above:

Drione:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page256.html

Cypermethrin:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page259.html

Insect Repellent:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/nbs_30_paint_additive_insect_repellent.html

Carpenter Bee Article:  http://www.carpenterbees.com/carpenter-bee-control

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May 16, 2013

Matt @ 11:55 am #

I had my patio treated for carpenter bees using Drione today. I was told to put wood putty in the holes the carpenter bees created this coming September. Any thoughts?

May 21, 2013

Sue @ 1:41 pm #

Hi,

I definitely have a carpenter bee problem. I have a garage built out of barn wood. They buzz through a hole, and I plugged some of the holes with foil, which seem to work, however, there’s so many holes, I need a spray. What do you recommend? There is a bird nest right above a spot light, with five babies, and I’m afraid they will start picking on the little ones.

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