Carpenter Bees

These bees are beautiful, I have had a small nest of them, maybe 10-20, for at least ten years in the soffit of my garage. They never bother me, they seem to mind their own business, if they come too close, they promptly fly away. I'm worried now about the damage they may be causing. One year I caulked a few of the holes, the wood is stained, they just made more. I would rather not kill them, is there anything I can do to make them relocate? Most critters hate moth balls, would that make them leave?

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May 12, 20150 found this helpful

Caulk the holes again and paint with polyurethane paint. They don't like it. But before caulking, use insecticide in the holes, or else they will create more damage tunneling back out.

I understand you'd rather not kill them. This is just one possible solution.

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May 9, 20170 found this helpful

I got a carpenter bee trap from Home Depot. Or you can make your own as mentioned in other posts. So far I've relocated 5 of them. I did have 2 die in the trap. You should release them at least a mile away from your house.

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