Getting Rid of Wood Bees

How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By tntz71 from Charlotte, NC


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April 12, 20110 found this helpful

I cannot stand those bees staring at me when I go outside! Very curious/nosy creatures! When I find the little holes they have drilled in my wood deck, I squirt them up in the hole. They hate it and leave!

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May 3, 20120 found this helpful

I have found a real solution. Spray WD-40 into the hole. Yo need to use the one with the stick on the nozzle. Put the stick into the hole and spray a good amount. The bees will come out and fall to the ground dead. It also kills the larvae they lay in the holes. That is why they are boring in the first place.

If you spray the WD-40 on the bare wood, they will not go around it. I sprayed it all under my deck and they have not come back. Try it! A family member from up north told me to do this and it has worked great for me!!

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May 8, 20190 found this helpful

I have had good luck with WD40 also. You can get a WD40 can now that has a metal bendable spray nozzle about 8" long. I ordered two from Amazon I push that bad boy as far into the hole as possible and spray until it starts coming out.


If the bee is in there you can hear it fuzzing- Haha. The oil will kill the bee but it takes awhile. Later go back and caulk the hole, if you don't next season others will use the hole. Good luck.

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