Posted by Kathy Clark on 19:12:19 4/28/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Carpenter Bees posted by Bob Meyers on 17:31:37 4/25/2009 from 184.108.40.206:
I have a 2000 sq. ft. log home that was infested. I had the exterminator sprayed and told me they were taking care of it. They are now fired. I found products that I could use on my log home at www.logfinish.com. I had to fill all the galleries with WD-40 with the straw and did it until it ran back out. This coats the eggs and makes the bees come out, and they died very rapidly. Then I filled the galleries as much as I with aluminum foil and packed it and stuffed it until it would not accept anymore and caulked over that with a stainable putty that they sold on that site.
I had woodpeckers constantly on the house and pileated ones taking out sections of soffitt. This has stopped except for an occasional now and then. You really need to find the holes in my opinion, and I think you could rid the house of them but then you have to maintain it. I don't know much about siding but wanted to share what worked for me. It's been 2 years now and I get new bees but I get right on it. Before I didn't know about the history of the life cycle of these insects and you need to break the cycle. The number does decrease. I also covered the overhangs and fascia with metal siding which helped for the most part.
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