Posted by John Fasoldt on 9:32:00 5/6/2015 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Carpenter bees posted by Jean on 8:57:17 5/6/2015 from 18.104.22.168:
Well, Jean, I'm always looking for the easy side as I'm basically lazy... But in a "lazy" answer to your question, What I would do is to wait until the bees are gone (maybe June/July?) then I would just replace the steps, making sure to use pressure treated (white pine is best) use THICK ones, 2x lumber should be sufficent, they'll last longer and feel more substantial.
That way, you won't have the cost and trouble of dealing with the bees themselves. The painter might not appreciate the bees hanging around even if you tell him they're harmless. By the summer, all those males hanging around will be dead and gone and you can fix the steps. And if you're using PT wood, the painting won't be necessary, it won't confer any more protection against the bees.
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