Sticky traps can have unintended and tragic consequences for non-target wildlife such as birds, butterflies and other beneficial creatures that keep our ecology healthy. Learn why we strongly oppose the use of yellow sticky traps to capture carpenter bees and what you can do instead.
Of all the natural mosquito repellents, citronella is the most commonly known solution. Every summer, nurseries and garden centers load up on “citronella” plants for patios and landscapes, and natural mosquito repellents boast a “citronella scent.” In fact, citronella is not the real name of the plant that’s effective in repelling mosquitoes. Find out which all-natural plants Best Bee Brothers use in our All Natural Mosquito Repellent Spray! Citronella vs Lemongrass: What’s the difference? Citronella or “mosquito” plants are actually scented geraniums, a variety called Pelargonium citrosum that has very little if any ability to repel mosquitoes. However, citronella as we...
Why does Best Bee Brothers make traps out of lightweight pine wood? Learn more about carpenter bee nesting habits and behavior and find out how this important design feature is essential to attracting carpenter bees into your trap and away from your home.
Go beyond traditional mosquito repellent and use a layered approach to prevention outdoors. From common-sense passive methods like mosquito netting to more novel tools like bug zappers and incense, we have ideas to help you to repel disease-carrying mosquitoes naturally all season long.
Many Best Bee Brothers customers ask us if they can paint or stain their carpenter bee traps. Find out why we don’t recommend it, and learn why altering your trap can make it ineffective. Finally, pick up some tips and tricks to get the most out of your carpenter bee traps and keep your home safe from damage.