As the name suggests, carpenter bees like to spend their time near wood. They chomp on wood to create a nest instead of making the classic honeycomb-style you’re used to seeing. In addition to stinging enemies (like you!), they also cause problems for your deck and other wood structures near your home. The bottom line: they need to go. If you want to DIY the removal, consider using a homemade carpenter bee spray.
Homemade Carpenter Bee Spray Options
Carpenter bees don’t long strong smells, like citrus, certain oils, garlic, and vinegar. That’s why you’ll notice each base is a potent smell.
Squeeze the juice out of any kind of citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges, limes, and more. You can also boil the peels of the fruit in a pot of water. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray it around the nest.
2. Essential Oils
Put your essential oil collection to good use. Mix lavender oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, and citronella oil, and put the concoction in a spray bottle. This strong-smelling mixture acts as a repellent for carpenter bees. Spray it around the nest and where the bees like to hang out.
Another strong smell: garlic. Let a few cloves of garlic sit in cooking oil for a couple of days. Add white vinegar to the potent mixture, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution around the tunnels, and continue applying daily until all the carpenter bees have been driven away.
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