LAST NIGHT, I headed out under the cloak of darkness in order to deal with destructive carpenter bees. For weeks these insects, which resemble bumble bees, have been drilling nesting-holes in the pressure-treated fence posts which enclose my Herb Garden. You can see one such bee in action in the photo up top. A Google search revealed several chemical means of control, and one insanely-easy, non-chemical fix. Can you guess which method I chose?
As it turns out, stopping carpenter bees needn’t involve insecticidal dusts and sprays. A simple jar of wood putty will do. Wait until darkness descends, for this is when most of the bees will be in their nests. Then seal any and all holes which the bees have drilled into the wood.
Although the bees are quite capable of drilling their way out of a sealed hole, it is not in their nature to do so. Instead, they prefer to go down with the ship (or a fence post, in this case). I probably used more putty than I needed to; later I’ll go out and sand off the surplus.
I’ll let you know if the putty-job really works. This morning I discovered three very confused carpenters flying from post to post. I suspect they are wondering what happened to their doorways of destruction. Hopefully they will move on — my property is bordered by woods, and there they can find plenty of downed trees in which to make their nests. I just want them to stay away from my fence posts.
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