Carpenter bees are insects known for being excellent pollinators of many flowering plants and crops found in our surroundings. This gives them an important role in our ecosystems by helping plants grow. They are creatures that are harmless to humans but unfortunately, they can be very harmful to wooden structures. These little insects bore holes out of softwood and create a series of tunnels to lay their eggs and make a shelter of their own. They can be very damaging to your home, that’s why,
Here are the 3 Best Ways to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees Naturally
Treat Wooden Structures
You can prevent the carpenter bees’ infestation in the first place by making sure that the wood structures outside your house are unpleasant to them.
Carpenter Bees like to look for easy-to-drill wood to make their nest. That’s why you should treat your finished or unfinished wood using borate, fresh paint, or varnish. This solution is a great way to protect your wood and other wood-boring insects (beetles, wood wasps, carpenter ants) from finding their way into your home.
Although Carpenter Bees can still bore through treated wood, they’re less likely to do so since treated wood is considered unattractive to them.
Apply a Citrus Spray
If you want to get rid of Carpenter Bees without killing them then this one’s for you. Carpenter bees avoid strong smells, especially the smell of citrus. To naturally deter them, make a DIY spray using citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, and orange. Boil the citrus peels in a shallow pot filled with water for 10-15 minutes. Let it cool down and pour it into a spray bottle and spray it into the nest site.
This DIY solution is easy and effective. It will not kill the carpenter bees, but it will keep them away from your house since they will be bothered by your citrus-extract spray.
Play a Loud Music
Carpenter bees are known to be extremely sensitive to noise, they prefer a quiet environment to a loud one. You can use this to your advantage by using a loudspeaker, a radio, or a boombox to play loud music next to their active nests for at least 2-3 days. The music and the vibration will disorient them, causing them to leave their nests even for a short period. Once they leave the area, repair the nest by sealing it and taking preventive measures on the affected area. Another option is to use a wind chime if you don’t like loud noises yourself.
Just make sure to give your neighbors a heads up so they will know what’s happening since loud music may be troublesome to them.
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