Treating for Carpenter Bees

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Carpenter Bee Treatment
Treating for Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees are a rather invasive species of bee that can cause major damage to your home as well as nearby wood buildings and structures. These bees nest alone and they do not produce honey and they are not beneficial pollinators.

Successful treatment can be completed in a couple of steps, one is by applying a topical Carpenter Bee spray followed by using a dust treatment and filling in the individual Carpenter Bee holes. Traps can also be used to help control Carpenter Bees.

Use Insecticide for Carpenter Bees
Treating for Carpenter Bees Insecticide

You should begin spraying in the areas where Carpenter Bees have been active in the past during the spring time and in the fall before new activity, or as soon as any new activity is seen. Always follow the instructions on any label for dilution rates for the liquid insecticide you have chosen. Spray any areas that are vulnerable to Carpenter Bee infestations, that would include eaves, siding, fascia, railings, posts, fencing, and garden/landscape items. You should spray at least one time per month during the Carpenter Bee season.

Carpenter Bees are solitary insects and will not attack in groups or swarms. It's possible to be stung while you are performing an application. If you are sensitive or allergic to bee stings, we would advise that you hire a professional pest control company to control Carpenter Bees.

Use Insecticide Dust and Plug Holes
Treatment for Carpenter Bees Insecticide Dust

You would need to use insecticide dust and plug the existing holes to kill the Carpenter Bees newly emerging in existing holes. Apply the dust to the Carpenter Bee nests later in the evening to make sure you are getting the existing female Carpenter Bees, as this is when they are most likely to be inside the nest, and also when they are less active. If they are less active, the chances are slimmer that you would get stung. The application of insecticide dust will also help to eliminate the immature stage of a developing Carpenter Bee and reduce the future Carpenter Bee inhabitants.

Using a hand duster, you would apply the insecticide dust you have chosen to each of the Carpenter Bee holes. In about 14 days, we advise you plug the hole to stop other insects from using the premade hole later. Insecticide dust applications usually need to be applied to each of the holes only one time per season.

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