Carpenter Bees…left me no choice!

Posted: 15th April 2013 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead

Carpenter Bee Motel of Death

Carpenter Bee Motel of Death

 

Carpenter bees show up every spring trying to destroy my third rate carpentry. As a bee keeper, and one who appreciates  diversity in nature, I try my best to live with most critters, especially pollinators. These guys however, harass my honey bees, and keep expanding their vacation homes at the expense of my stairs, porches, sheds, coops and fences.  This year, after seeing so many new holes I kinda snapped and waged a war against these things that was reminiscing of Bill Murray in Caddyshack. For you yungin’s , google it. 🙂

The first three inmates.

The first three inmates.

So I decided do some surveillance and determine where they were moving the troops. I set up the LP/OP in a comfortable chair in the backyard. With a cool drink and wary eye it didn’t take long to spot one. They are easy to ID with their big shiny black butts, unlike the bumble bee that has a fuzzyish rear.  Males tend to be the most destructive. You can tell em from the females by the white spot on their head. Once I located their favorite drilling location I put up the vacancy sign on my bee motel of doom. In about 4 hours I had a handful of them trapped. I felt kinda bad for em……….well, not really. My porch and sanity is saved for now. Gotta build me a few of these and spread them around. The trick they say is to make the entry holes upward at an angle, and it definitely works.

~Joe Prepper~

 

  1. Jessie says:

    I remember when carpenter bees attacked the deck in my back yard. I put axle grease in their holes, thinking that would stop them, and the next day I noticed they cleared out the axle grease, and were digging again. Tough little bees. If only they made honey…