I see some bees hanging around my shed and I’m not sure what species they are. First I thought they were honey bees but I noticed they’re mostly yellow and black. Then I saw a hole which could be an old wood knot but its so perfect, I think someone drilled it. Well, the bees are using this hole as a nest! I see them going in and out. The hole is in one of the 2×4 studs which I can rip out but I’m afraid of getting stung without treating first. Any idea what type of bee this might be?
Exact bee identification can be tough without seeing a specimen. That being said, what you’re describing sounds like either a bumble bee or a carpenter bee. If you take a little time to review our on line article about CARPENTER BEE CONTROL, you’ll see what they look like and that they are very likely to drill holes in wood like you see in that stud. Before you rip out any wood, I suggest you first try treating the nest with one of the DUSTS we have listed in our article. I think this will quickly control whatever type of bee is active and save you both the time and effort required to remove and replace any part of the shed.
If the bees come back and are hanging around other parts of the shed, consider spraying with some of the CYPERMETHRIN we have listed in our article. It does a great job of repelleing all bees and will force them to forage elsewhere. It’s easy to use and treatments should last 3-6 weeks.