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Male vs Female Carpenter Bees

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Male vs Female Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are known for their wood-drilling skills. Unlike honey bees, carpenter bees are solitary bees. This means that they do not make a hive or live in a large colony. Carpenter bee units primarily comprise one female and one male carpenter bee. Each spring when the new carpenter bees emerge from hibernation, they look for a mate. A female and male pair will choose to mate together. Immediately the female begins the hard task of building a nest and laying eggs. The female and male carpenter bees have different and important jobs. The female does all of the nest...

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Why Use Natural Bug Repellents?

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There are so many bug repellents on the market, and as summer draws near they seem to be conveniently placed on endcaps and in aisles wherever you go. It’s so easy to quickly grab a bottle and move on. But just because these familiar products are readily available doesn’t mean they are the right choice for you. Here are a few points to consider when deciding how to protect your family from pests this summer season. 1. DEET or No DEET? We’ve likely all heard of DEET. DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is a chemical compound most commonly used in conventional bug repellent...

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How Many Carpenter Bee Traps Do You Need?

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How Many Carpenter Bee Traps Do You Need?

Make Sure You Protect Your Whole Property One of the most common questions we are asked is, “How many traps do I need?” To help find your answer, it is important to know each trap has a 15-foot working radius. That means 15 feet in any direction of the trap will be protected from carpenter bees. If you know carpenter bees are interested in more than a 15-foot span of your home, we always suggest installing more than one trap. Having proper coverage is truly the best way to keep your home safe. To determine the exact number of traps...

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Backyard Decor Tips for You and The Bees

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Backyard Decor Tips for You and The Bees

Doesn’t it seem like every movie or magazine has an enchanting outdoor patio scene? Can’t you just picture the whole family gathered around a gorgeous reclaimed barnwood table, covered by a trellis dripping with flowering vines and vintage lighting? And then summer comes, and you realize that dream is thousands of dollars away and countless hours of work. But don’t let that get you down! You can still spruce up your garden area with some quick and easy tricks that don’t break the bank. Follow these tips to create your own magical garden. 1.  Clean up your yard. This is...

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Do Tiki Torches Work for Mosquitoes?

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Do Tiki Torches Work for Mosquitoes?

No. So what really works? Have you ever wondered why your fun citronella tiki torches don’t seem to protect you from mosquitoes? You may have a half dozen or so lined up perfectly around your deck, patio, or recreational area. The festive ambience they create seems perfect for your summer evening. But the truth is, those torches aren’t effective unless you stand directly next to the flame. To keep yourself and your family safe, you’ll need a more than a few tiki torches.   Personal protection for everyone is a good idea and should be your first line of defense....

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