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Carpenter Bees and Wasps

Carpenter Bees and Wasps

Do Carpenter Bees Keep Wasps Away or Vice Versa? During the carpenter bee season we get a handful of customers who experience wasps or hornets in their carpenter bee traps and aren’t sure what to do. These visitors are not that surprising but should be treated as unwelcome guests. While wasps aren’t deterred by the smell of carpenter bees, carpenter bees will fly away from the scent of a wasp.    If you notice a wasp fly into your carpenter bee trap, determine if it has been trapped in the bottom or is flying in and out of the upper...

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Where to Place A Bug Zapper?

Where to Place A Bug Zapper?

How to Effectively Place a Zapper Out of Direct View Bug zappers are a great tool for eliminating pesky nighttime bugs. But their satisfying “ZAP” sound doesn’t outweigh the eyesore they can be. Electric bug zappers are most effective when they are placed on the outskirts of your entertainment area. The idea is to draw the bugs toward the zapper and away from you. Finding the right place for your zapper can be a challenge. You want to keep them up high, and of course, they need to be plugged in. We’re willing to bet not many of us have...

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Eastern Carpenter Bee

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bees Found Across Canada Hello to our northern neighbors in beautiful Canada! Best Bee Brothers now delivers to you! The same large carpenter bees that pester homeowners in the eastern US also range into Canada. The scientific name for this eastern carpenter bee is Xylocopa virginica (X. virginica). This species of carpenter bee is found only in the eastern portion of North America.1 Their large shape greatly resembles that of a bumble bees, but their shiny black abdomen is the key to telling them apart. X. virginica is a solitary bee, like all carpenter bees. The male and female...

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Most Effective Time to Install a Carpenter Bee Trap

Most Effective Time to Install a Carpenter Bee Trap

You Can Install Your Trap Anytime, But When Is The Optimal Time? Carpenter bees emerge from their nests every spring. Their first priorities are to gain nourishment and find a mate. Carpenter bees are solitary bees, which means every female must find a male to mate with. This process can take 2–3 weeks. This is the absolute best time to proactively install your carpenter bee traps. After a carpenter bee selects its mate, the bees search for a place to build their home. Hopefully at this point you already have your trap up. Your carpenter bee traps will yield the...

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When is Wasp Season?

When is Wasp Season?

Discover Wasp Life Cycle and Seasonality The sight of a wasp gets many people’s hearts racing. Their painful sting and menacing appearance drive many of us crazy during the summer. The most common wasp species we see in North America are yellow jackets and hornets, but in fact, there are tens of thousands of wasp species throughout the entire planet.1 Some wasps are social, meaning they live in colonies, and a vast majority are solitary. Because there are so many species, it is difficult to pinpoint their life cycle and behaviors. But we can make some generalizations to help prepare...

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