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Q. Will carpenter bees drill into dirt banks?
We recently bought an acreage where we are going to build and was told about the carpenter bees. On the property there is a large revine and it appears that dozens of holes have been drilled into the surface. We're sure it is an insect but not sure what and being winter nothing is there yet.
A.   It is unlikely that the infesting pests are carpenter bees. Carpenter bees usually exclusively attack wood and so unpainted or unfinished wood structures will be prone to carpet bee infestations.
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Q. wood bees control
Sometime last spring I found on the internet something that looked like a cardboard box that you hang from the porch to attract the wood bees, that would eliminate them. Do you know what I'm talking about?
A.   Yes. Actually, they are not made of cardboard, but they are in fact constructed from bare wood which is why they are so effective. Carpenter bees are naturally attracted to these pieces. To use them in a more effective way, you can always cover the existing holes with the trap and they naturally enter the trap. The wood traps have holes that are already drilled in and as the bees enter the holes and inside the plastic, they cannot fly back out. The natural pheromone that the trapped bees release furthermore attract the other carpenter bees from the colony.
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Q. Carpenter Bee Control
Need someone who can go to sides of the house on trim at roof and kill bees and seal the soffit
A.   You can actually treat carpenter bees yourself with the same professional use products. We have a product called Delta dust that you can use to puff inside the holes where the carpenter bees have bore. Delta dust is a moisture proof dust and therefore it will last for up to 6 months upon application. After the treatment with the dust has been made we highly recommend that you seal the hole back up after about a week or two after the bee activity has decreased to its minimum. Sealing the holes will help prevent future infestations or water damages.
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Q. Carpenter bees
Mu carpenter bees are in the rakeboards on my house along the roofline. The rakeboards are wrapped in aluminum and they are getting behind there. I cant see any holes, but on occasion I get one in the house. How do I kill them without being able to see the holes ???
A.   You can apply a liquid concentrate spray on the surfaces where the carpenter bees frequent so that as they rest on the surface, they come in contact with the insecticide. Such insecticides are Talstar Pro or Suspend SC.
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Q. does any of the carpenter bee pesticeds hurt dogs
A.   We do not recommend using dust products around pets because it can easily be inhaled. However when using a liquid spray, the treated area can be reoccupied once it has fully dried.
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Q. carpenter bees extermination
Which product is better for treating for Carpebter Bees or (which is stronger) -- Cynoff EC liquid or Cynoff WP powder. I prefer the liquid but will buy the strongest one.
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Not one is better than the other because both products are made with the same active ingredient.

However, we recommend the Lambdastar 9.7 to spray for carpenter bees. You can spray this product outside on the surfaces that they are infesting.

If you have holes that are made by the carpenter bees, then you should treat the holes as well.

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Q. Suspected carpenter bees
In my attic I found about six months ago like very fine dark sawdust in one place under a double rafter. The attic is foam insulated up to the sides of the rafters so only their central part is exposed. There are no holes or any visible sign of insects. I cleaned it away and placed a tray but nothing came again until last week, when the same dark particle dust fell on the floor on the same place. This time a cobweb hangs under the rafter so I can see that this dust comes from the very narrow joint between the double rafter. From the outside nothing can be seen as it is near the crest of the roof and anyway covered by asphalt shingles. Do you think carpenter bees are at work and which isthe best method to get at them as the only opening is that very narrow separation between the two combined rafters?
A.   Carpenter bees show more visible signs of infestation like the bees themselves or holes on the surfaces. We do advise that you get an inspection done so that you can accurately identify the pest and treat accordingly. Many wood infesting pests will leave behind sawdust and the infestation may actually be something other than carpenter bees.
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Q. My husband and i are going to put a deck in and when we tore down the railroad ties hundreds of carpenter bee came out. We have no idea how to get rid of them now they are all over the place so its not like we can spray them. And when we build our deck will they try to live there? Thanks so much
A.   It depends on the type of wood that is used to build the deck and if the deck will be finished with paint or not. Typically, carpenter bees like soft wood and unpainted or unfinished wood. To kill the bees on contact, you can use Wasp Freeze or Sting Ray Aerosol which are jet sprays to instantly knock down flying insects like bees, wasps, and hornets. Once you are able to knock down most of the bees, we recommend that you apply Delta Dust or Suspend SC. Since we cannot adequately evaluate what the isolated area of infestation looks like, we will not be able to give you a more definitive answer. We apologize for being unable to better assist you.
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Q. Is there a way to get rid of carpenter bees without killing them.
A.   We do carry the carpenter bee traps that keep them in a bottle for some time, but if left alone for too long, the bees will die inside the trap on their own. Otherwise, we do not carry anything that will trap the bees and keep them alive for a prolonged period of time.
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Q. Kill Carpenter Bee
I'm told you can keep carpenter bees from boring into wood sometimes by applying a thick coat of paint. Can you confirm this. If it is true can you reccommend a type of paint. Thank you
A.   Carpenter bees do generally prefer unfinished wood. However, that does not necessarily mean that they will not bore into painted surfaces. It may be best to use a liquid concentrate product like Masterline to spray onto surfaces. Masterline is diluted with water and used as a surface treatment with a residual of about 3 months.
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