I notice there are holes all in my oak tree and bee’s keep coming in and out of the holes. What is causing this and how do I get rid of them?
There are many pests that can drill into trees. The short list includes BORERS, POWDERPOST BEETLES, WOOD WASPS and CARPENTER BEES. Regardless of what insect drilled the holes, once the tree sustains this type of injury it will become susceptible to all kinds of problems including fungus (wood rot), disease and infestations from other insects.
In fact I’ve seen where Borers have drilled some holes and then the holes are taken over by CARPENTER ANTS. I’ve also seen where Carpenter Bees drill holes which are then taken over by Honey Bees. Most any tree will routinely serve host to a wide range of insects and in some cases this role can prove deadly. Hopefully the infestation you have is not that bad.
To treat the problem, you’ll want to use a dust we sell called DRIONE. Fast working and easy to apply, Drione is ideal for this type of job because it will permeate up and into all the voids this nest may contain. Unlike a liquid or aerosol spray, Drione is more like smoke. When applied using a HAND DUSTER, the Drione will drift all through the nest killing all the adults, eggs and larvae it contacts. Treatments can last many months and if you seal the holes up 2-3 days following the treatment, you can expect the Drione to last a long time.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Carpenter Bee Control: www.carpenterbees.com
Drione Dust: www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/drione-dust
Hand Duster: www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/crusader
Give us a call if you still have questions.