The Dos And Don'ts Of Dealing With Carpenter Bees On Your Property
Have you been noticing dime-sized holes in the wood around your property? If so, then there's a good chance that you've got carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are similar in appearance to bumble bees and will bore holes into wood in order to create nests. Because enough holes in your wood can compromise the structural integrity of the structure (whether it be a child's play set, a wooden deck, or even your home), it's important to get rid of carpenter bees as soon as possible.
DO Keep Wood Sealed
One of the key aspects of deterring carpenter bees in the first place is making sure that any wood structures on your property are properly sealed. While carpenter bees can still bore through sealed wood, they tend to prefer unsealed, exposed wood because it's easier for them to bore through. Still, applying a clear sealant to your exposed wood every few years will reduce your chances of a carpenter bee infestation and will also protect your wood from damage caused by exposure to UV rays, water, and other harsh elements.
DO Apply an Insecticide
If you've already got a carpenter bee problem, taking preventative measures might be fruitless at this point. Instead, you'll need to take the necessary steps to get rid of the bees already on your property. Generally, the best way to do this is to sprinkle a dust-like insecticide that's specifically formulated to kill and deter carpenter bees. The dust can be sprinkled directly on your wood surface and can clear your wooden structures of bees in as little as a few days.
DON'T Leave Holes
Once you've cleared out a carpenter bee hole and you're sure there are no live larvae inside, it's important to seal up those holes. Otherwise, bees may try to come back and nest in the already-bored hole. Generally, the best way to seal a carpenter bee hole is to fill it with bits of steel wool, which bees cannot bore through. Then, cover the rest of the hole with a wood filler and stain or paint over it so that it matches the rest of the structure.
Dealing with carpenter bees on your property can be a pain, but the good news is that by following a few simple steps, you can get rid of them in no time at all. If all else fails, you can always call a pest control company like Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management Services to get the job done.