I have a problem with carpenter bees in my basement year after year. I have vinyl siding over wood siding. Can’t locate where they are coming in. Could they be coming in under siding in holes in basement wall which is a stone wall? What would I look for outside to find them?
I am building an exterior post and beam pavilion in Kentucky and the owner is concerned about carpenter bees. We typically use douglas-fir but someone mentioned oak might be less interesting to the bees. Do you have any experience between various species for exterior timber framing?
Hi, we found a hole in the soffitt, saw some bees entering, pounded on the area to make sure everyone was out, then sealed it with great stuff, now these guys are back after painting the great stuff ….we tried painting it again, but they keep coming back…I don’t want to kill them, so any suggestions how to keep them away and get on with their life…….any idea why they keep coming back and won’t leave after the hole is plugged???
I’m not sure if I have a carpenter bee problem. For the first time in the 5years I’ve lived at this home I can’t go to my backyard without being hassled by carpenter bees. They seem to be pollinating a bush that separates me and my neighbors townhome yards. The problem is that the bush is directly next to my sliding back door. Two bees tend to linger along the length of the bush and keep away everything from dragonflies to birds! Others are hoping from flower to flower. We trimmed the bush Saturday afternoon and there was nothing there. I’m wondering if the sawed off wood attracted them to the bush (trimmings were all carried away the same day) or if it’s the small flower blossoms. I can’t seem to find a nest as I can’t even step outside without at least two or three heading straight to my face. Is this something I can fix or should I call an exterminator? I’m afraid of heading out there because I do have a severe bee allergy and since some bees seem to be feeding on the flowers, I’m afraid they may be females with stingers. I’d appreciate any help or advice you can offer. Thanks!!
It is pretty clear we have carpenter bees and although we have some wood (porch overhangs), our entire house is old adobe brick. There has always been round holes in the brick and I am wondering if these carpenter bees are nesting in the adobe. Is that possible? Can carpenter bees burrow through adobe walls? If so.. how do we get rid of them? We have lots and I don’t remember seeing them before.
i am a landlord with a few buildings–can i purchase Diazinon or similiar for ants ….and drione and Cyperthin for bees. the bees i have are the size of a pinky that are boring into my cedar home..they fly like a freight train-very slowly…are the above chemicals correct for these bees-mine are much bigger than the one in your video. thanks much,barry
I have a question, will carpenter bees make a nest in pressure treated wood?
Yes. Pressure treated lumber is generally well protected against decay fungi and most insects that eat wood. But remember, CARPENTER BEES aren’t eating the wood. They’re only drilling through it. I’ve seen plenty of nests located in pressure treated lumber so whatever is being injected does not seem to slow them down or kill them.
what if bees are still flying around eaves after vinyl siding has already been put on?
If you read our CARPENTERBEE CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn this bee will “over winter” or live in nests when it gets cold. Every spring they’ll want to emerge. If you covered any nests with the vinyl and failed to treat these nests, it’s quite likely there are bees emerging that are now able to move in and out of the vinyl and continue to use the siding underneath the vinyl as a nest location. This could have happened whether you put the siding up after they were hibernating or even if you put it up in the middle of the summer. You see, even in the summer there could have been some developing stages that have taken this long to finally mature and emerge.
We have a wood playscape/jungle gym for our children in our backyard. It has become the favored home of some carpenter bees! So the kids are afraid to play on it (the bees hover over the slide, quite intimidating). We don’t want to spray toxic chemicals all over the structure the kids play on – what do you recommend?
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.
Bumble bees in wood–
What do you recommend to kill them?
The wood is a soft wood, notably, Atlantic White Cedar–aka, Juniper,
It’s most likely you have carpenter bees. You can read all about them in our Carpenter Bee Control ARTICLE. There you’ll find control methods listed. Basically you’ll need to dust their holes with drione and spray the wood with CYPERMETHRIN to prevent new nests from being drilled. The process is easy and well explained in the article.