I have an enclosed porch addition to my home with cedar trim that is stained...
I have an enclosed porch addition to my home with cedar trim that is stained only. Carpenter bees soon began drilling their holes in the unpainted wood. As a preventive measure, I purchased and hung a commercially available mason bee house near the area. It seems to be working so far as no additional holes (which I repaired) have been found. The house has been in place for two years. It consists of a housing with bamboo tubes. My question: Do I need to perform any maintenance on the house, or will the bees maintain it themselves? I would not want the tubes to become unusable and eventually abandoned as nest sites. Thank you. Jim Hilliard, Ohio
You can go to the following website for information on mason bees and their nesting habits.