We have a log home and alot of bees that are flying around the outside. Their bottom side is completely black and shiny and I think one of them has made a hole on a log that has not been stained yet. These logs were treated with Borate at the plant and will be staining the back side next week. Can you tell me what these are and how to rid of them.
Most likely CARPENTER bees. You can read more about them in our article which highlights the products needed to both control active nests and repel them so more don’t come around. Basically you’ll need to dust existing nests with drione and then spray with CYPERMETHRIN to keep them away. And since you have a log home about to be stained, I strongly suggest you get some NBS STAIN ADDITIVE. This product is mixed with the stain and applied to work as a repellent providing long lasting residual action.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Carpenter Bee Control Article: www.carpenterbees.com/carpenter-bee-control
drione Dust: www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/drione-dust