I have an enclosed porch addition to my home with cedar trim that is stained...

Asked September 18, 2016, 9:02 AM EDT

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

Franklin County Ohio integrated pest management carpenter bees

1 Response

You can go to the following website for information on mason bees and their nesting habits.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Other/note109/note109.html