- How to Kill Black Bees
- Interesting Facts About Bees
- How to Kill Ground Bees in CT
- How to Keep Bees Out of Shrubs
- How to Get Honey Bees Out of a Tree Trunk
- What Color of Flowers Are Bees Most Attracted To?
- Sprays to Kill Carpenter Bees
- How to Mix Sugar Syrup to Feed a Bee Hive
- How to Keep Bees Out of Birdhouses
- How to Keep Bees Away From My Wood Deck
- How to Get Rid of Bees
- How to Identify Bees
The round black bees that fly around your home and landscape are called carpenter bees because they bore holes, about 1/2 inch in diameter, into the wood siding of homes, sheds and other buildings. Carpenter bees will not sting you, unless the bee feels threatened, but they can be bothersome and make unattractive damage to your wood siding. Although it may take a few weeks, killing your carpenter bees is not difficult. Kill the bees in the spring and early summer, when the black bees are most active, and then seal the holes in the fall.
Use wasp and hornet spray to thoroughly spray into the carpenter bee hole. Repeat this every three to four weeks in the early spring. The wasp and hornet spray can also be sprayed directly on the bees if they are away from their hole.
Insert several tablespoons of pesticide powder or dust into the carpenter bee holes. The powder will collect on the bees when they enter and be carried to the nest, killing the bees. Repeat inserting the dust every two weeks. The earlier in the season you can kill the black bees, the better, because if the bees are dead, they can not bring food to the eggs, thus the eggs, or young bees, will also die.
Plug the carpenter bee holes with caulking, putty or corks in the fall, after the bees have been killed. Carpenter bees have a tendency to return to the same hole year after year. If there are any bees you did not kill, plugging the hole will deter them from returning.
A worker honeybee travels one or two miles in one trip. She visits 50 to 100 blossoms before returning to the hive.
One bee, in a lifetime, produces less than one teaspoon of honey. For one pound of honey, bees in a hive fly 55,000 miles and visit two million flowers gathering nectar and pollen.
One worker honeybee lives about four weeks in spring and summer. She lives up to six weeks in cooler weather.
The honeybee flies at 15 miles an hour with its wings beating about 11,000 cycles each minute.
A honeybee stinger is barbed. When the bee stings a person or animal, the barbed stinger hooks and stays in the skin, ripping out of the bee. The bee dies. When the bee stings an enemy insect, the stinger rips through the other insect and usually does not pull out of the bee. The bee lives.
Find the entrance to the nest. It is safest to view the colony from a distance and see where the bees are entering the ground.
Squirt a couple of ounces of dish soap into a bucket of water and pour the mixture into the entrance during the nighttime in or after June, when queens have established their colonies. To be safest, wait until it's less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, as wasps have a hard time flying in these temperatures. The majority of the colony dies off in fall, too, so if you've found the nest close to autumn, it may be best just to wait and let the bees expire naturally.
Apply carbaryl dust or liquid concentrate, chlorpyrifos dust, acephate liquid concentrate or diazinon liquid concentrate to the entrance of the nest if the soap mixture doesn't work. Dusts are often better, as the liquid may soak into the ground and not reach the nest. Dust might flow to cover the entire nest, while entering and exiting wasps and bees may carry the dust on their legs to the rest of the nest.
Dress yourself in protective gear to avoid being stung by the honey bees. Your protective gear should include shoes or boots, socks, long, heavy pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a protective screen-style mask. Ensure you have no skin visible.
Use a flashlight with a red filter to help navigate through your yard at night to access the tree trunk with the honey bees. It's best to deal with a bee problem at night because the insects are dormant at this time, and using a red filter on a flashlight will not alert the bees to your presence.
Spray insecticide specifically designed to kill bees into the tree trunk wherever you can see an opening. If the trunk is rotten, it may contain multiple openings. Spray a liberal dose of the insecticide to kill all of the bees present.
Examine the tree trunk carefully the following morning for signs of bee activity. If some bees are still in the area, wait until nighttime and spray the insecticide into the tree trunk again. Continue this process until the bees are dead or have left the area.
Bees see colors on the blue end of the spectrum. Violets, blues, even yellows and whites are within a bee's color perception and they are attracted to these hues. The distinctions humans make between violets and blues or greens and yellows, is less distinct in bees, which tend to see only blue or yellow.
Red is in the part of a spectrum that bees do not see. Since black is the absence of color and bees cannot distinguish red, this color appears black to bees.
Bees can see beyond the human color spectrum into the ultraviolet range. Some plants have evolved to be able to use ultraviolet colors to attract bees.
Some flowers have patterns of contrasting colors that bees can see, particularly stripes or dots, which lead bees toward the flower's nectar. These contrasts act as beacons and are called honey or nectar guides.
Carbyl is one of the primary ingredients in Sevin Dust. This pesticide comes in a powder form but can be mixed with water for spraying. To remove carpenter bee infestations from wood structures, spray liberal amounts of pesticide into the bee's nesting holes and then seal with putty or a cork.
Bifenthrin is the primary ingredient in bee sprays such as Spectracide. This spray is most effective when sprayed into the bee's nesting sites before sealing them. Bee nesting sites can be sealed with any material that isn't made of wood.
Cyfluthrin is the primary ingredient in the Bayer Advanced brand of bee killers. This spray is most effective against carpenter bee nesting sites. After spraying the nesting holes with cyfluthrin, seal the holes with caulk, wood putty or steel wool.
Deltamethrin is an ingredient in Spectracide, which comes in both sprayable and dust forms. Deltamethrin is used to kill carpenter bees in the nest. After spraying it into the bee's nests, seal them with caulk, putty or steel wool.
Only use insecticidal sprays in accordance with their labeling and with due caution. Insecticidal sprays are toxic, so avoid contact with them whenever possible.
Pour sugar into the bucket.
Pour in hot water. Avoid using boiling water, which will change the chemical properties of the sugar.
Stir the mixture in the bucket.
Rub a bar of soap on the inside of the birdhouse near the ceiling, away from the entrance.
Hang a bar of soap from a string on a tree branch near the entrance of the birdhouse.
Put a layer of Vaseline on the ceiling of the birdhouse to keep the bees away.
Place an open container of beer, or a wine cooler, near the birdhouse. The bees will be attracted to the scent of the alcohol and drown in the liquid.
Build a few bee houses and place them around the yard, away from the birdhouses. Place bowls of cut fruit near the bee houses to draw the bees away from the birdhouses.
Identify any small holes in the wood deck that were created by the bees and take note of their locations.
Stand 6 to 8 feet away from the deck and spray all the affected areas with a bee pesticide spray. Make sure all holes are completely saturated with the pesticide.
Wait for a day and then spray the deck again using the same method.
Continue spraying the deck every other day until the bees are gone.
Find the exact spot and spray spectracide or other insect killing poison at night. Keep silent at the time of spraying. Also wear tight protective clothes so that the bees do not bite you.
Remove all containers like buckets that attract the bees.
Try to seek the help of a professional bee remover. Contact your local county extension agent or fire department in case you are not aware of any local bee removal service.
Ask if the bee remover will also remove the hive. Removal of the hive is very important as any residue can again attract the bees.
Negotiate the charges. The charges vary $50 to $200 and depend on the size of the beehive.
Ensure that there are no open windows or holes in the walls of your house from where bees could enter once the beehive is shattered.
Burning wood or paper underneath the beehive to create smoke, especially at night is another way of shooing away bees without killing them.