Super easy DIY way to get Carpenter Bees to leave your home

Give the Carpenter Bees the buzz off

Jill shows us one of the easiest and most effective ways to get carpenter bees to leave your home alone.

This week our Jill of All Trades, Jill Washburn, shows us how to give carpenter bees the “buzz” and it’s the easiest fix she’s ever done. Jill had carpenter bees set up camp in front of one of her garage windows, and nothing she did was going to make her stay away long term. They kept boring their way into the underside of the upper sash of their window, and there was a constant pile of fine wood chips in the flower box under the hole they “bored”.

This is the type of damage that carpenter bees cause.

Enter … the Internet. Jill stumbled upon a story that describes how to get rid of carpenter bees for good. It sounded too good to be true, but she thought, “What the hell? I might as well experiment. I have nothing to lose.” And so she set out to do a test run.

First she took a medium-sized brown paper bag and opened it. It was bigger than a packed lunch but smaller than a large grocery bag (the size you often get in a place like a party store). Next, she filled it about 2/3 full with plastic bags. Then she folded the top and twisted it somehow, almost like a stem. She tied it off with an elastic band.

I stuffed a paper bag with a handful of plastic bags.

Jill says she kept everything the same shade. Bees see colors, but not in the same spectrum as humans, so she wasn’t sure what they would see or if color would make a difference. Jill wanted everything to look pretty uniform, so she used a neutral elastic band to tie the “stem” of the bag. She says you could also use string or twine to tie off the top of the bag.

The last step was to shape the bag into a small egg shape. Jill just kind of squashed it, making sure it smashed the corners at the bottom of the bag. The whole idea was to design the cloth bag to mimic the look of a hornet’s nest. It turns out that carpenter bees are scared of hornets and leave immediately if they think some are around. Who knew Then she put the bag in the flower box directly under the hole that the bees bored.

I shaped the bag to look like a hornet’s nest.

Jill returned the next day to check. No bees and no new wood chips. Same thing the next day. The same thing the next day. Day after the same.

It’s been a couple of weeks now and the bees have not been seen and there is no new damage to the window. Even Jill was blown away by how easy it was to get the bees going. She just needed the right information. After years of trying to get rid of them, it only took a couple of grocery bags and a rubber band to send them off for packing. Jill says you could even use string or string to hang the false hornets’ nest if necessary.

So there you have it, the simplest solution ever done on Jill of All Trades, and it absolutely worked. Goodbye, bees!


You can watch Jill walk you through the process by clicking the video player above.

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