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post #21 of 25
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Glad I saw this, those dang things are making Swiss cheese out of my deck joists. I will definitely bee building some of those this winter. You can beelieve that.

 

Great !!!

These will definitely help!!

I like your uses of the extra "e" too !!! LOL

 

Bear

 

 

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Bear, is there anything you CAN'T do???? I expect plans soon for a nuclear fired smoker from you......

 

 

Ummm....just joking NSA......lol

 

Thanks Phil !!

LOL----There's a lot of things I can't do.

Even some things that are easy to many people!!

When I was in the Army, a Texas Buddy of mine tried to teach me to play the Guitar-----Impossible!!!  I couldn't hold one string down without touching another!!  I felt like a clumsy failure!!!

 

Bear

post #22 of 25

Hi,

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 :twisted: 

I did a bit of digging around the 'inter-web' :lol: 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/ :D

 

Also, here's a useful (viewer friendly - no adverts) video talking more about getting rid of carpenter bees

 

 

post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by BeeKeepsRUS View Post
 

Hi,

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 :twisted: 

I did a bit of digging around the 'inter-web' :lol: 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/ :D

 

Also, here's a useful (viewer friendly - no adverts) video talking more about getting rid of carpenter bees

 

 

Thanks BKR,

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.

 

Thanks Anyway,

Bear

post #24 of 25

Good Info Bear   and a nice step by Step on the Traps     points1.png

 

 

Gary

post #25 of 25
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I forgot to update at the end of the 2014 Season:

 

 

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Originally Posted by Bearcarver View Post
 

BEE TRAP UPDATE !!

 

OK guys, I just took my traps down for the Winter, and I now have a running total per year:

2009-----------------Over 200 Carpenter Bees.
2010-----------------Over 200 Carpenter Bees.
2011-----------------140 Carpenter Bees.
2012-----------------105 Carpenter Bees.
2013-----------------51 Carpenter Bees.

I think I'm catching up on these little Buggers!!!


Bear

 

Update!!!! Number is still going down, but not as fast:
Took my traps down last October, and for the year of 2014, I got 49 Carpenter Bees.

 

 

As for this year, I got my 6 lower traps up, but I'm waiting for one of the young tower climbers that hang around here to put the upper 5 traps back up for me.

 

 

Bear

PS:  Thanks Gary!!!
 

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