Has anyone ever used an exterminator for Carpenter Bees?

chsclJuly 7, 2014

Has anyone ever used an exterminator for Carpenter Bees? I seem to have a bee situation underneath the eaves in the front of my house. Since it's on the second and third story a DIY pest control might be kind of difficult ð©. Have no idea how I could get up there let along spray pesticide inside.
Also, I am assuming I will have to find someone to patch up my holes and paint over it , who does that? A general contractor or painter ?
TIA for any advice!

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cold_weather_is_evil

It MIGHT be effective to spray with water from a hose with a narrow (like a sweeper) nozzle on it, and you could do it from the ground. Bees don't do well with wet.

Many painters carry 2 minute plaster just for things like this.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:00PM
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saltidawg

Yes, I used an exterminator for an infestation of Carpenter bees years ago.

They sprayed a dust in each and every bored hole, but did no patching. A few years later I subsequently had the house painted and it seems the painters filled the holes.

There were also some holes in the underside of the rails of my split rail fence... the exterminator treated them with the powder, but I can not find the remains of the holes.

Sorry, not much help.

This post was edited by saltidawg on Tue, Jul 8, 14 at 10:23

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:16AM
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jharris

if it's out of reach, I know they make spray products that can shoot many feet so you don't need a ladder. Do it at night though, they won't out out and about.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 11:52AM
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chscl

Thanks everyone for the feedback . I think I may have to go the exterminator route and subsequently find someone to paint and patch up the holes so they won't come back.
Yikes ! What a pain.ð©

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 3:09PM
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saltidawg

chsci,

I am not absolutely positive, but I do not think that Carpenter Bees re-use the holes. I just left mine as is... it was a couple of years later that I had the house painted. There has been no sign of re-infestation EVER.

EDIT: Google should have been my friend... apparently the holes may be reused and should be plugged AFTER killing the critters.

This post was edited by saltidawg on Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 15:52

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 3:47PM
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chscl

saltidawg,

Yeah, I read that too that's why this is going to be such a pain . I have to patch up the holes quickly otherwise I risk them coming back. Or maybe I test my luck and wait to have to have it patched and painted and hope I luck out like you did.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:09PM
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jane__ny

I had the bees boring holes in my pool fence. I do not like using insecticides around the pool area or where my animals, kids frequent.

The exterminator said it wasn't necessary to use any poison. He patched the holes with wood glue (or something like that). Plugged the holes and the bees moved on. Of course, they wound up drilling into other parts of the fence. We just plugged the holes again.

They lay their eggs in the holes, don't live in there.

Jane

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:14PM
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saltidawg

"They lay their eggs in the holes, don't live in there."

Jane,
Read the EDIT to my post above and also the OP's response to it. If you Google " Carpenter Bees " I suspect you will come to realize that they indeed can go back in and also live in these holes.

YMMV

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:39PM
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chscl

UPDATE: We had an exterminator come out and treat the little suckers.
He sprayed the holes with pyrethin insecticide and dusted underneath all our soffits and gutters. As of today no more bees helicoptering around ðÂÂÂ
The underside of our eaves/soffit/fascia board was all untreated and bare wood ð© so now we have to fill up our holes and paint them.
Hopefully we can find someone to do it for relatively inexpensive otherwise hubby will have to get on that ladder ðÂÂÂ

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 9:08AM
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