60. BUGFINDER: Bees, Ants, Wasps & Similar Insects! How To Prevent Carpenter Bees?

You can find Bees, Ants, Wasps and similar insects to ensure its species. These types of species are 18,000 recognized in North America and 115,000 found in world-wide. Out of them only bees produce honey and wax, and others are used in research purpose only. Bees are also helping pollination which impact on 50% to 80% world’s food supply. There are many insects we don’t know about them and the consequence of their bites. So, it’s very important to recognize the common insects around us.

Everyday you find many insects moving around you but most of them you don’t know.  Hornet and yellow jacket bees are habituated to sting humans and pets. Their sting sometimes cause allergic reaction. If you know the species of insects then it becomes easier to treat.  You can find the species of an insect here.

Bees, Ants, Wasps and Similar Insects

You may ask why Bees, Ants and Wasps are here grouped together.  The answer is they are recognized and categorized scientifically under the same Kindom, Phylum; And their Class, Order and Suborder are very closely related to each other.

BUGFINDER: Bees, Ants, Wasps & Similar Insects! How To Prevent Carpenter Bees?
Bees, Ants, & Wasps

We love some of them and hate others. Those who are certainly eat our food or damage our food store, they are ultimately labeled as pests. Pests control professionals know very well how to control them. But you can try yourself if you know the exact product that works well to control them. I have provided here information about a trap to catch and kill Wasps, hornets, & yellow jacket bees.

Find here to buy the best one online from amazon: RESCUE! WHYTR Non-Toxic Reusable Trap for Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets.

How to Prevent Carpenter Bees?

BUGFINDER: Bees, Ants, Wasps & Similar Insects! How To Prevent Carpenter Bees?
Carpenter Bees In Tree hole

Find here how to prevent carpenter bees and how to catch them. At the end of this topic I have added a carpenter bee trap which will help you to catch them easily. Read and learn more about Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees! Also learn how to make a Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.

 01.  Close their hole with steel-wool.

Carpenter bees can’t pull out or make hole on steel wool. After they left the nest paint this spot with similar color.

02.  Paint any outdoor wooden surfaces to prevent bee infestation.

Carpenter bees tend to attack all wood surfaces, but they prefer natural wood. So, if you paint the wood they are not likely to make nest there.

03.  Spray affected areas with a natural non-synthetic citrus and/or tea tree oil spray.

Find a citrus-based spray that is specifically designed for carpenter bees, or make one by yourself (DIY).

Bring some citrus fruits like orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit etc and cut them into several pieces. Boil them in a pot filled with water. Keep this boiled water into a spray bottle. Spray this citrus-extract water into carpenter bees hole. Carpenter bees naturally dislike this citrus oil. Almond oil or almond essence is another proved option to exterminate carpenter bees.

BUGFINDER: Bees, Ants, Wasps & Similar Insects! How To Prevent Carpenter Bees?
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04.  Stop the cycle of reproduction. 

The above discussed points are not enough to kill adult bees or stop reproducing females. To stop reproducing or break the producing cycle you need to kill bee larvae in the nest. Now learn what to do to kill carpenter bees larvae.

  • Use dust insecticide instead of liquid. Because liquid insecticide can be absorbed by wood before killing larvae.
  • After applying insecticide keep open the hole passage. Otherwise they will try to make another hole inside the wood and try to by-pass the insecticide.

05.  Block nest holes that have been vacated.

After fully vacated the nests seal the passage with something stronger than wood. If you use wood other bees will try to make hole again. You can use steel wool, aluminum, asphalt, or fiberglass and cover with wood filler. Paint the surface to prevent further borrowing.

Now you know the whole process to prevent carpenter bees. This process will work better if you use it beside a carpenter bee trap. Find here to buy a carpenter bee trap:  Bee Gone Carpenter Bee Trap by Chrisman Mill Farms Wood. This is from a very famous brand and most people like to use this.


*Before starting operation make sure to wear protective clothing to avoid bee sting. Protective clothing includes suit, veil, shoes, and hand-gloves. Learn more about protective clothing, Beekeeping Suit.

* Avoid pesticides that are banned for any reason or expired. It could be banned for health or environmental issues.

Resources of information

  • National Honey Board
  • American Honey Producers Association
  • American Bee Journal
  • Experience of my own beekeeping project

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