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Best Techniques to Eliminate Carpenter Bees

Best Bee Trap Chemical Free

When Carpenter Bees build nests within the walls of your beautiful home, you'll do almost anything to get rid of them. For some, using pesticides is the last resort or simply not an option. This is why we created a chemical free solution.

Here are some simple techniques, without the use of chemicals, to try:

  • Our Best Bee Trap:
    • Our patented design attracts carpenter bees and traps them in an easy-to-dispose bottle. 
    • The traps should be placed by the eaves of the house, on porches, and in areas where wood is exposed. 
    • Placing them on the sunny side of the house maximizes their catching potential. 
    • These traps make dealing with carpenter bees virtually maintenance free.
  • Make Noise:
    • Carpenter bees are very sensitive to noise. 
    • Place a boom box next to their nest and blare music to encourage them to leave. It is thought that they are sensitive to the vibrations.
  • Get a work out in and whack them with tennis rackets:
    • The bees are particularly active for 2-3 weeks in the spring.  This is when they are looking for the ideal locations for nests. 
    • If you get them early enough you can stop them from starting a nest.  Their large size and zigzag pattern of flight make them good targets!
  • Vacuum cleaner:
    • Take a vacuum nozzle to the tunnel entrance hole at the end of the day and suck them out. 
    • Wait until the end of the day when the bees return to their nest and have little to no energy. 
  • Plug the nest hole:  
    • Plug their nest hole with steel wool once the nest is emptied of young in the spring. 
    • Carpenter Bees can’t dig through the steel wool and won’t be tempted to return to the nest.
  • Stain/Paint any exposed wood:
    • It is believed that Carpenter Bees prefer untreated wood. 
    • Painted wood generally stands a better chance than stained wood; but neither is a sure thing. 
    • Vinyl siding is really your best defense.
  • Home-Made Citrus Spray:
    • It is common knowledge that most insects can’t stand citrus. 
    • Cut up the rinds of a few different citrus fruits and boil them in a pot of shallow water. Add citrus water to a spray bottle and spray around your potential nest areas and current nest tunnels.
  • Almond Oil and Almond Essence: 
    • Almond scents are also known to be effective much like the citrus spray above.

To learn more about Carpenter Bees and their nesting habits, click here

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  • Gardner on

    We have a large black bee in the honeysuckle..since she arrived 2 days ago she only moved after I put a flower head over to the stick she was clinging to, She ate and then went dorment again..I suspect she’s dying… She is completely coloured hair. Over an Inch long and not common to Germany.

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