Forget the cicadas, carpenter bees are everywhere

I’m not sure what the situation is like in your part of New Jersey, but carpenter bees are always buzzing in Burlington County, and especially in my backyard. They seem to be a bit more frequent this year than in previous years, or maybe I’m just noticing more.

On warm, sunny days from around mid-April they begin their foraging. Your food, in this case, is my deck and shed. A few years ago I was looking for a remedy on the internet as everything I sprayed either wasn’t working or was too localized to get that many. You can spend hours chasing them down with a can. I ordered something homemade from Georgia, but it didn’t work.

I finally found something promising online and bought a couple of these traps. Now local hardware stores are selling them asap. It’s a Gatorade bottle attached to a wooden box. It works fine, but they are still there in droves. I have several of them on the deck and a few went in but not enough for my liking.

Someone told me to use an old tennis racket and swing it down so you know where they land and you can properly dispose of them. I deposit them in the lake by my house where the perch can eat them. That means I know exactly where to go to catch a big bass. Hey, it’s a win-win-win situation. I get rid of a few bees, the perch get a high protein meal, and I know where to find big perch while fishing.

On Sunday afternoon, I hit about .500 and nailed about half of the bees I hit. It’s good exercise and I don’t have a big bee problem anymore!

Here are a few more ideas on how to get rid of these nasty creatures.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Dennis Malloy of New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Dennis Malloy.

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