A Wood Bee or a Has Been?

Last summer at the cabin, I noticed some perfectly round holes in the front porch wood. I asked Nathan about it and he mumbled something about aging lumber, timbers and knots falling out… blah, blah blah. Whatever. A few days later I noticed a bee going into one of those holes. I thought about how much I hate bugs and then minded my own business.

Fast forward 12 months. I see a few more of these round holes.

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And so I watched for a while and noticed the bees were going into these holes on a regular basis.

bee 1So, I started asking around and come to find out … someone has been drilling holes in our front porch while we are gone! I know, I was as shocked as you are right now.

Okay, not really. We have Carpenter Bees. They are also called Wood Bees. Isn’t that a cute name? One even had the nerve to be covered in sawdust like he’s just coming home from a hard days work.

Bee 2The nerve! The only positive thing I can say about these bees is they seem to be pretty peaceful.

 

Bee 3

Bee 5Officially, Wood Bee war has been declared. I will not rest until these bees have moved out of our porch. Well, I will rest the normal amount (possibly more, as I’ve been know to do), but not until I’ve researched how to get rid of these pesky bugs. I know I can win because I have opposable thumbs and can dial up an exterminator if I have to. I’m sure the moment I typed those words, our colony of bees just took a moment to stop attacking our porch and plan their move to another pile of wood far, far away.

And, while we are discussing horrible insects — I found this guy just before I ran away screaming.

Walking sitck 1Yes. It’s the world’s most vicious Walking Stick. I like them only slightly better than the bees as long as they don’t touch me.

walking stick nateNathan calmly sat through this Walking Stick attack while I hyperventilated. I mean seriously. That’s one freaky looking bug!

All I know for certain is that someday our Wood Bees are gonna be has beens!

Yes. I’ll bee here all week.

I gotta stop.

2 Comments

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    2 steps:

    Have an exterminator spray a liquid insecticide repellent spray on all exposed, un painted exterior wood surfaces.

    Buy a hand held bulb-sprayer with a long tube on the end of it, fill it with Seven Dust from Home Depot or Lowes, then puff a bunch of it into every hole you find every couple weeks.

    Bonus step: They sell traps on Amazon.com.

    Do at least the first two things and you should start to find dead bees pretty quickly. Just an exterior repellent spray will not work. The bees can’t pick enough of it off the wood to kill them, so they’ll just keep searching for un-treated areas to drill them. When you dust the holes they carry the stuff into where the babies are and it kills them too. The ones you see in April or early May are one generation looking to mate. They die within 2-4 weeks. Later in the summer the babies that have matured inside their tunnels come out to feed briefly, go back into the tunnels, and hibernate until it’s time to start a fresh life cycle late next spring. You gotta get them too. This is why it’s best to leave the holes un-plugged and keep dusting them every couple weeks until late summer or early fall.

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