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Old 03-21-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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Last year for the first time my fence was attacked by carpenter bees. I killed about 10 of them and sealed 6 holes.

I see them already flying, I killed two. I built and set up 4 traps, so far I have not get any of them little buggers trapped.

Any other ideas how to fight them?
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Use the Sevin dust. They will carry it in to their nests and kill the Queen, hopefully. They can be difficult to totally remove as you have already noticed.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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Along those same lines, I use a commercial grade dust called Drione. It's deadly on yellow jacket nests no matter how badly dug in they are. Used it a couple years ago on the carpenter bees that were drilling holes in the wood framing of my pole barn. Haven't seen them return. Don't plug up the hole after applying. Let the bees carry it in & out.
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so you recommend to apply the dust only to holes? I suppose this way each hole becomes a trap.
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I just shoot them with an old pump gun and 22 bird shot. When we had the farm there was a 2x10 header board on one of the lean tooo's. Them damn things just loved that board. Fun way to relax after a days work.
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I just shoot them with an old pump gun and 22 bird shot. When we had the farm there was a 2x10 header board on one of the lean tooo's. Them damn things just loved that board. Fun way to relax after a days work.
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I get them every year, a badmitten racket works like a charm.
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What I joyful discovery! I found one in one of my traps! I also killed two with a tennis racket while they were having sex
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Last year for the first time my fence was attacked by carpenter bees. I killed about 10 of them and sealed 6 holes.

I see them already flying, I killed two. I built and set up 4 traps, so far I have not get any of them little buggers trapped.

Any other ideas how to fight them?
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Got them on a picnic table I made. I stained and sprayed the top but not underneath. They prefer unstained or treated wood. Just do like a bee hive wait till dark when they go in and spray black flag in the hole. Then plug with puddy and finish the wood. Watch those posins the will kill pets and kids also.
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after a few too many beers we sprayed something (don't remember what) in the holes and hit em with a lighter. Kept them away for a while but the wife wasn't happy about the roof over the deck burned to hell. It was a good night though.
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I just shoot them with an old pump gun and 22 bird shot. When we had the farm there was a 2x10 header board on one of the lean tooo's. Them damn things just loved that board. Fun way to relax after a days work.
I had a 22 pistol with the rifling almost shot out of it. It made short work of those guys with CCI shotshells.
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Update: my traps work! I have 3 bees trapped in. I also killed about 8 with a tennis racket.
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