Carpenter bees slightly resemble the bumble bee, only they rarely sting humans. Although these flying pests don’t pose much of a threat to us, our homes are a different story. Carpenter bees like to feast on the exposed wood of your house’s window sills, doors, eaves, and decks. They bore holes into the wood to build nests, causing structural damage along the way. There are several ways to banish carpenter bees, but many involve chemical pesticides. There are a number of alternatives for those of us who prefer less-harmful methods. Here’s how to get rid of carpenter bees naturally.
Use the Vacuum
You have two options with a vacuum cleaner:
- Place your vacuum cleaner’s smallest attachment over a carpenter bee hole and suck them out.
- Agitate the nest with a stick and vacuum them out of the air as they emerge.
Carpenter bees are sensitive to loud noise and vibrations. Drive them from their nests by playing loud music (preferably with a thumping bass line for the vibration). All you have to worry about is any equally noise-sensitive neighbors. Once the bees have vacated the nest, either vacuum them or swat them down with a tennis racket and plug the hole from which they emerged.
Plug their Doors
Caulk, putty, or steel wool can be used as a way to entrap carpenter bees. Apply the material to cover up the holes they’ve made and paint over it.
Though carpenter bees generally don’t sting, females are equipped with stingers and might attack if aggravated. Wait until the evening when attempting to drive the bees out of their nests, as they’re less active at night than during the day.
Let Us Help You Get Rid of Carpenter Bees
Although they’re not aggressive, no one wants a house full of carpenter bees. The expert exterminators at Green Pest Solutions can help you get rid of carpenter bee infestations and prevent their return. Call us today at 877-636-9469.
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