Originally Posted by BeeKeepsRUS
Appreciate this posting maybe too late but have you or anyone tried using natural non-toxic solutions like tea tree oil or orange oil spraying methods instead of a trap? I had a similar issue last year with an infestation of Carpenter bees in one of our outdoor shacks. I didn't want to use harsh chemicals to kill off such a beautiful bee, despite being a pest for us
I did a bit of digging around the 'inter-web' and found me this little website that describes different methods (chemical & non-chemical) to get rid of the carpenter bee. Hope it helps
Here's the site: http://www.howtogetridofcarpenterbees.com/
Also, here's a useful (viewer friendly - no adverts) video talking more about getting rid of carpenter bees
Very interesting & informative link & video. I researched the heck out of this subject before I made my original traps. Your Video says to put the poison in the Bee hole, and 24 hours later plug it up, but your written article says to plug the hole within one hour of injecting the poison. After researching I wait 48 hours before plugging the holes to give the mother time to go in and out a couple times, dragging the poison in to her nests.
It also says to spray the surface to keep them from drilling. This doesn't do a bit of good, because the Carpenter Bees don't eat the wood. Every time I apply Woodguard to my house I mix "BeeGone" with it, and it doesn't affect the Carpenter Bees because they don't eat it. They just ruin it by drilling & laying eggs. Then the Woodpeckers come to finish the destruction, while digging for the larva.
Also it says you can paint the wood to keep them from drilling. This is true, and it works, but I wonder what color they would like me to paint my Log House.
These traps are the best way to deal with them.