Getting Rid of Wood Bees

How do I get rid of wood bees and protect against their return.

By Bruce


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May 26, 20110 found this helpful

I had the same problem for years then 2 years ago I decided to try plugging their entrances with silicon caulking, the type you would use in your shower. It worked! Again make sure it is water/weather resistant. A note of precaution, these bees are very protective of their nests so it is best done at night. Good Luck =0]

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful

This was just on Fox news. First, use Seven; spray in the holes. Second, fill the holes with steel wool to prevent any babies from boring out. Then fill that in with caulking like the previous writer said.

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June 4, 20110 found this helpful

Be careful, they are mean. A few years ago, I was weeding my yard (didn't even know they were around) when I heard one bee buzzing by. I didn't think anything about it. A minute later, without warning, I was attacked by a swarm. I am not allergic to bees, but had an absolutely horrendous reaction (my body literally started shutting down), probably due to the amount of stings I'd received.


I was left with an extremely high medical bill. Personally, I'd hire someone to take care of the problem; even with the cost, it would still be cheaper than my medical bills were.

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April 30, 20190 found this helpful

I bet you got in a bumble bees nest, they are in the ground and look like carpenter bees, although Ive heard the can sting have never heard of swarms

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May 8, 20190 found this helpful

I think you disturbed a yellowjacket nest, they burrow a hole in the ground. If you disturb them in anyway they release pheromone and attack. I recently ran over one of these with the lawn mower. Needless to say I left the lawn mower very quickly and jumped into my truck. There were several on my thick clothing trying to sting me and a yellowjacket doesn't die after stinging like other species and can sting multiple times.


I drove to a store approximately 2 miles away and a swarm had followed. Once the hole is carefully located go back at night (late) pour a good quantity of diesel fuel in the hole and carefully light it. I used gasoline but it's dangerous.

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August 4, 20190 found this helpful

Unfortunately I've had a professional company spray/powder no avail....they come back with a vengeance! It's all under my cathedral ceiling (deck) and is very high ne being 70 you isn't getting up on any ladder. My wood is stained not painted. I was reading that if I had the holes filled and painted the entire ceiling that would take care of them ?? Anyone done this with good results??

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April 29, 20140 found this helpful

This type of bee is a loner bee unless it mates. The female bees can sting you but will only do so if they are being attacked, like being cupped in your hand or stepped on. The male bee does not even have a stinger and cannot sting you but will dive bomb you in an aggressive attack to scare you. The also do not live in the ground.


Bumble bees live in the ground in a nest or rodent hole. And they swarm. It is very difficult to tell apart these bees. But if they are carpenter bees don't be terrified of them. If they honeycomb your wood then you have to deal with them. WD40 or insecticide. If your neighbors have them put a new coat of stain on your porch and they won't dig into it. Hope that helps.

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