I’ve got some big carpenter bees flying around my kids swing set. It’s made of cedar and thought they didn’t like this wood. I’m afraid they might sting so we’re not going by it till they go away. What can I spray on it that will chase away the bees but is safe for the kids?
Most any carpenter bee would be attracted to something like a cedar swing set. Any time you’ve got a lot of wood with some big beams in close proximity to one another, carpenter bees will naturally be curious. This is prime nesting grounds for them and in the spring, that’s all they’re doing. Fortunately, they aren’t too aggressive. That being said, I would keep the kids away for now and at least till you’ve treated and the activity diminishes. If you are seeing any holes in the lumber, treat them with the DRIONE as described in our carpenter bee control article. If the bees are only hanging around and don’t seem to have any nests drilled yet, spray everything down with the Cypermethrin. This will force them to move away as the cypermethrin will repel them since they don’t like it. Both these products are safe to use on the swing set; you just need to keep the kids away during the treatment as explained in our product safety section.
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