How To Stop Carpenter Bees – And The Damage They Cause! 

Carpenter bees burrow into wood to make nesting tunnels, damaging decks, fences, and eaves. Carpenter bees can be stopped and their damage avoided:  

Check your property for carpenter bee access points like wooden holes. To prevent infestation, seal these access points with wood putty, caulking, or sealer.  

1. Identify and Seal Entry Points

Carpenter bees like unpainted or unstained wood. Protect timber structures with high-quality exterior paint or stain. Wood becomes less appealing to carpenter bees due to this barrier.  

2. Paint or Stain Wood

To keep carpenter bees from of wooden surfaces, hang or install hardware cloth or fine mesh screening. Secure the obstacles tightly to prevent bee entry.  

3. Put up Physical Barriers  

Carpenter bee-targeted pesticides should be used. Use a bulb duster or similar tool to apply insecticide directly to bee openings. Additionally, apply insecticide on exposed wood to dissuade.  

4. Apply Insecticides

Carpenter bees can be deterred with citrus or almond oil. These oils have strong odors that carpenter bees dislike, making treated surfaces less nestable.  

5. Use Natural Repellents

Provide carpenter bee traps or untreated wood nesting blocks to encourage them to nest elsewhere. Place these alternate breeding locations away from wooden structures to prevent carpenter bee damage.  

6. Provide Alternative Nesting Sites

Check your property often for carpenter bee activity and act quickly. Repair or replace damaged wood and keep preventing infestations.  

7. Regular Maintenance

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