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Old 10-05-2003, 01:08 AM
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Default Bumble Bees drilling holes into my wood fence!

I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and
are drilling holes into my wood fence. How do I control these beasts?
I hate killing bees if I don't have to but I don't like them
destroying my fence either. I see saw dust on the horizontal rails and
sure enough, there's a hole about 1/4 inch in diameter. I've seen
these bees (or whatever they are) going into these holes. Help!

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Old 10-05-2003, 01:32 AM
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On Sat, 10 May 2003 00:01:00 GMT, The Wobulator
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I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and
are drilling holes into my wood fence. How do I control these beasts?
I hate killing bees if I don't have to but I don't like them
destroying my fence either. I see saw dust on the horizontal rails and
sure enough, there's a hole about 1/4 inch in diameter. I've seen
these bees (or whatever they are) going into these holes. Help!

The Wobulator

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If they look like bumb;e bees they could be carpenter bees. Spray
some hornet spray up their holes (yikes!), then glue in a wooden bung
using waterproof carpenter's glue. The male carpenter bee does not
sting but they are skilled at bluffing.
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Old 10-05-2003, 01:56 AM
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Default Bumble Bees drilling holes into my wood fence!

I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and
are drilling holes into my wood fence. How do I control these beasts?

Like a very big bumble bee? Carpenter bees, very destructive. They constantly
try to make holes in my cedar house. They make a small round neat hole and then
along comes a woodpecker who rips a gigantic crater searching for the bee.
Spray them with flying insect killer.

Dave
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Old 10-05-2003, 02:20 AM
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On Fri, 09 May 2003 20:51:13 -0400, DavesVideo wrote:

I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and

are drilling holes into my wood fence. How do I control these beasts?

Like a very big bumble bee? Carpenter bees, very destructive. They
constantly try to make holes in my cedar house. They make a small round
neat hole and then along comes a woodpecker who rips a gigantic crater
searching for the bee. Spray them with flying insect killer.

Dave
http://members.tripod.com/~VideoDave



And you couldn't DRILL a hole as perfect as they do! I have them as well,
they LOVE my back patio roof beams. They are awesome to watch hovering
though. They can stop on a dime!
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Old 10-05-2003, 02:32 AM
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Yes they're big. Must be carpenter bees then. Thanks, I'll kill the
critters before they do more damage.

On 10 May 2003 00:51:13 GMT, (DavesVideo) wrote:

I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and

are drilling holes into my wood fence. How do I control these beasts?

Like a very big bumble bee? Carpenter bees, very destructive. They constantly
try to make holes in my cedar house. They make a small round neat hole and then
along comes a woodpecker who rips a gigantic crater searching for the bee.
Spray them with flying insect killer.

Dave
http://members.tripod.com/~VideoDave

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Old 10-05-2003, 03:56 AM
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So if you put dimes on the roof or fence they will stop? ;-)

Filling in the holes with caulk will discourage them.

BTW, carpenter bees are harmless because they do not sting.


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On Fri, 09 May 2003 20:51:13 -0400, DavesVideo wrote:

I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and

are drilling holes into my wood fence. How do I control these beasts?

Like a very big bumble bee? Carpenter bees, very destructive. They
constantly try to make holes in my cedar house. They make a small round
neat hole and then along comes a woodpecker who rips a gigantic crater
searching for the bee. Spray them with flying insect killer.

Dave
http://members.tripod.com/~VideoDave



And you couldn't DRILL a hole as perfect as they do! I have them as well,
they LOVE my back patio roof beams. They are awesome to watch hovering
though. They can stop on a dime!



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Old 10-05-2003, 07:44 AM
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They are carpenter bees. Big black dudes !
They like Redwood. There is a powder that is mixed wit water and sprayed on
the wood, It's called Drione, here's where to get it.
http://www.pestproducts.com/carpenterbees.htm
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On Sat, 10 May 2003 00:01:00 GMT, The Wobulator
wrote:

I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and
are drilling holes into my wood fence. How do I control these beasts?
I hate killing bees if I don't have to but I don't like them
destroying my fence either. I see saw dust on the horizontal rails and
sure enough, there's a hole about 1/4 inch in diameter. I've seen
these bees (or whatever they are) going into these holes. Help!

The Wobulator

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If they look like bumb;e bees they could be carpenter bees. Spray
some hornet spray up their holes (yikes!), then glue in a wooden bung
using waterproof carpenter's glue. The male carpenter bee does not
sting but they are skilled at bluffing.



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Old 10-05-2003, 01:32 PM
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The Wobulator wrote:

I don't know if they're bumble bees or not but they look similar and
are drilling holes into my wood fence.


Carpenter bees.


How do I control these beasts?
I hate killing bees if I don't have to but I don't like them
destroying my fence either. I see saw dust on the horizontal rails and
sure enough, there's a hole about 1/4 inch in diameter. I've seen
these bees (or whatever they are) going into these holes. Help!

The Wobulator

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Tsu

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are two equally convenient solutions; both
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Old 10-05-2003, 09:56 PM
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Filling in the holes with caulk will discourage them.


Nothing does, they are back same time each year here. Saw them yesterday.
Colleen
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:44 PM
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Paint the surfaces with an oil based paint or
polyurethane coating.
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The area is pollyed, should we do it again? They go for the wood used as the
ceiling for the sunporch, we are unsure what type of wood it is but it's
pretty.
Colleen
Zone 5 Connecticut
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:56 PM
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Some ignorant *******s suggest killing the carpenter bees but then
they are the same folks who brought us DDT, MTBE, Tetraethyl Lead,
Thalidomide, Nerve Gas,etc.
These folks choose the most expediant method with no thought of
consequence.

For the price of a few holes in a wooden fence you get pollinators.
Somebody gets more fruit in their garden, some songbird gets an extra
berry, wildlife survives.

As for carpenter bees stinging,yes the female can sting but you have
to force it to do so. Don't carry them in your shirt pocket or put
them in your mouth or trap them in your armpits.

Enjoy the show.
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Old 11-05-2003, 05:44 PM
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Default Bumble Bees drilling holes into my wood fence!

Paint the surfaces with an oil based paint or
polyurethane coating.


I've noticed they seem to like the underside of the horizontal strips
of wood where I've missed staining. However, there are a few places on
the vertical posts where they've gone through the stain. I've had
minor problems with these pests in previous years (but didn't know
what they were), but never this bad. There all over! Any ideas why so
bad this year?
The Wobulator


Poly the areas again. They left my shed alone once I painted the bare wood. I
then left the dog house untreated (as they don't sting without severe
provocation) so they would have an alternate. As to why it's so "bad", count
your blessings, many areas are in a "bee emergency" without the pollinators
available.

Just my 2 cents.........
Christine
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