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LegendInMyOwnMind

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06-09-2011 11:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip pine

Nature impresses me and woodbees impress me a lot.

I’m living in SW PA and have zero experience with these bees but have heard stories now about them. Now I know how the eaves in my garage got all those holes.

My question is what can I do for the eaves? Does latex paint stop these bees? I only painted the exposed side of the wood. Do I need to paint the back? Or is there another way?

I left same 2×4s on the back porch and these giant bees found them. I watched one keep coming back and saw him boring an impressive hole into a 2×4. Here’s a couple of pictures.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.


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cloakie1

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 12:17 PM

wow that is impressive….i’m not familiar with these creatures either.i spent a lot of years workig with bees but have never seen anything like that…..but bees often return to old sites….and house eaves are a great spot for them….plenty of warmth….but they are hard to discourage. make sure there is nothing left in there that looks like it is related to bees and then i would spray area down with a strong disinfectant which will remove any smell that they could be attracted too.

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 12:44 PM

Carpenter bees are common in the south. You can sit out on the deck in the summer and hear them chomping away. I haven’t figured out a way to stop them but if you do find an unexplained hole just make sure it’s empty, fill with caulk and paint over.

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 03:19 PM

Ive got them chewing up the eaves at my house as well. They bore tunnels into the wood where they reproduce. They best way is to inject pesticide into the hole and caulk it shut. I like to use a badmitton racket to let em know that they cannot reside in my dwelling unless they are earning a pay check and helping pay the mortgage.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 04:17 PM

Here’s my story about those critters and how they attacked some saw horse that were outside.

I really freaked out after I brought the saw horses back into the shop during the winter, and several weeks later I started to find dead bees on the floor, or on a window sill. I looked everywhere trying to find where they were coming from. Finally I discovered that they were mostly on the floor underneath the saw horses. Turned a saw horse upside down and there I saw a whole bunch of perfectly drilled holes (that I never made) in the bottom of the 2×4’s. The bees were all gone by then, but what happened is the warm room brought them out of hibernation or whatever the larvae do and they came out and apparently starved to death.

Did some research on the web and talked to the County Agent. The conventional wisdom is that they won’t chew into painted wood, so if you keep the under side of your soffits, eves, siding, etc. well painted you shouldn’t have a problem – or don’t store your unpainted saw horses outside, LOL.

-- Joe

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rsdowdy

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 05:45 PM

Good advice cr1. If you don’t kill the bees, they come back year after year after year and you get more and more and more of em. They chew up treated lumber after it’s 3 to 4 years old as well. They ignore most wasp sprays unless you get a full stream on them. And make sure you do the stick in the hole to kill the larve! I hadn’t thought about the bait trick, I’m just judicious with a racket.

Royal

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Bertha

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 05:49 PM

Bumping this thread, hoping for some additional information.

I live in a log home, do the math. I need a method to eliminate these little jokers. I’m open to any and all suggestions.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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reggiek

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#7 posted 06-09-2011 06:19 PM

You need to kill the queen. Smoke works on these just as other bees….they are also dormant at night. I ran into a hive while working on a floor repair job…they were pretty well entrenched in the floor joists…..the owner hired a bee person…thinking that he/she could get them out and put them in a hive….as soon as the bee person saw them…said they were carpenters and had no interest in capturing them (don’t know if that was just to get more money?).....she paid the extra amount…and the bee person removed the queen….the rest of the bees will leave or die without a queen.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 06:21 PM

Built my house in 1976 when we could still get real Redwood here in Tennessee. All the exposed wood on my eaves was either Redwood or Western Red Cedar and it was not painted, but stained and coated with Olympic Wood Preservative. That damn stuff must have been like fillet covered with steak sauce to the bees.
They drill into the edge of the boards, perfectly round, 7/16” diameter hole, and go about 2 to 3 inches in, then turn 90 degrees and go another 3 or 4 inches to lay eggs. Woodpeckers watch this and when the eggs hatch they hang on the side of the boards somehow and peck holes in from the face of the boards to get the larva or baby bees or whatever. Just about destroyed my eaves.

I just caulked all the holes up and covered everything with Bher best premium solid color stain with a insecticide/moldicide additive. So far they have stayed away.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Bertha

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#9 posted 06-09-2011 06:22 PM

I paid a guy before I bought the house & it looks like he just ran around with a tub of wood filler. Some were very high up on the house, so I didn’t mind the largish price tag. I might have to get someone out again. Drag.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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rsdowdy

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#10 posted 06-09-2011 06:34 PM

Reggiek,

There are wood bees known as carpenter bees that bore solitariy holes, and there are hornets that some people refer to as wood bees/ wood wasps, that are about 2 inches long with a 1/2 inch stinger..when they are buzzing around your head they seem like they are about 3 feet long and a large hypo for a stinger that build nest in eves and holes and are just evil. Yes, I have to deal with both kinds. Compared to the hornets, I love carpenter bees.

Royal

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MedicKen

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#11 posted 06-09-2011 06:47 PM

I am not familiar with the carpenter bees either. But there was some info that I just read on another forum lately.

http://www.carpenterbeesolutions.com/

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Bertha

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#12 posted 06-09-2011 06:59 PM

Hey Ken, thanks for that link!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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woodprof

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#13 posted 06-09-2011 07:07 PM

From what I’ve read, these things aren’t actually bees (though they look a lot like bumblebees) but are instead giant wood boring flies. Don’t know what this might mean in terms of getting rid of them, but at least they don’t sting!

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rsdowdy

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#14 posted 06-09-2011 07:22 PM

Yes they do!!! You can catch the white faced ones and use them like toys, tie strings to them and let them buzz around…. the black face ones will POP you!!! Black…get back!!!

Royal

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Bertha

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#15 posted 06-09-2011 07:32 PM

I got attacked by hornets once. I mean attacked! We fled in a pickup truck (rushing my friend out who was swelling up like Oprah) and they pursued us! I kid you not. And they HURT, much worse than a bee. I do not like hornets.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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