What do you have to do about carpenter bees? | ECOVIEWS – Tuscaloosa Journal

A carpenter bee, shown here, has less yellow on its body than a bumblebee. Both are important native pollinators. [Submitted photo]

Q. We now have seen extra carpenter bees this spring than ever earlier than. My barn and all my animal sheds are constructed with pressure-treated wooden, however these sky beavers are consuming up the rafters. Are you aware any strategy to stop them from attacking my buildings? I’ve put out carpenter bee traps, however they’ve been ineffective. Is there one thing I can spray on the wooden that may maintain them off?

A. I don’t have a suggestion for a carpenter bee repellant. Nonetheless, I obtain comparable questions yearly, so the next ideas could also be of curiosity.

As an alternative of eradicating the shiny black wood-burrowing bees on our personal again porch, we watch them, take heed to them and in any other case get pleasure from them. Carpenter bees, which get to be about an inch lengthy, shouldn’t have the fuzzy yellow look of bumblebees, though they generally sport a two-tone look when carrying a provide of yellow pollen.

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