carpenter bees

Asked June 12, 2019, 3:54 PM EDT

How do people get rid of carpenter bees without harming the bees? Example: the bees are nesting in the person's deck or porch furniture.

Dorchester County Maryland

1 Response

We are glad you asked. Carpenter bees are native pollinators that are good to have around. Obviously though you'd rather they not tunnel in your wood structures.
This page tells you more about them (like why they shouln't be feared as to stinging) but also more:

Essentially the answer to deterring them without hurting them is to paint or stain the wood surfaces. They like the old, bare, weathered wood the best for use as an area to raise their young.