Carpetner Bee's

Asked May 29, 2020, 4:44 PM EDT

Good afternoon, Please assist me with the following situation. Unfortunately, my wooden house is the target of numerous carpenter bees. They are destroying my home. Please advise steps that I can take to rectify this situation. Hopefully, humanly. Thanks, Chris G Howard County, MD

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Hi,

Thank you for your question and thanks for wanting to deal with carpenter bees humanely. You have a tricky situation with your wood home.

The most efficient way to deal with carpenter bees in your situation is to apply a finish or sealer to all exposed wood surfaces as a deterrent.

Here is our recent article about them and their behavior, https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2020/04/22/carpenter-bees-are-native-pollinators/

There is additional information about them on our website,
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/carpenter-bees

West Virginia University offers additional control and management information.
https://extension.wvu.edu/lawn-gardening-pests/pests/carpenter-bee

Ria