I noticed a single "bumblebee" hovering in front of my front door for days. When my handyman was out doing some repairs, he told me that it isn't a bumblebee, but a carpenter bee. Then he showed me where carpenter bees had bored a hole into the wood above my porch.
I called a couple of pest control companies. They said that sealing the hole now is risky because if I seal the hole and don't get every bee and egg inside, I run the risk of them boring new holes to get out. They recommended sealing the hole in the fall.
I like bees, but I draw the line at letting them eat my house.
- What recommendations do you have for dealing with the carpenter bees?
- When do the lady bees lay their eggs? Based on the time of year, should I wait until the fall to seal the hole?
- Is Diatomaceous Earth effective against them? Should I put some in the hole?
- Are traps effective?