Re: Bees, part II
Chris, we have had carpenter bees boring holes in our garage door
for years. They seem to come back to the same place each year.
Several years ago we had our old wooden garage doors replaced
with new ones of some sort of composite. The next spring we saw
the bees hanging around the garage doors, looking for their old
holes. They finally moved on to the 2-by-4 that supports the hanging
plants in my breezeway, and have drilled a couple of holes in it.
They don't seem to drill into the shingle siding of the house - like a
solid piece of wood like a 2-by-4 or larger. In all the years we have
been here - since 1970 - they don't seen to have increased, but have
been a steady presence. Not lots of holes, but they come back year
after year to the same one.
In a message dated 06/09/2006 8:27:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Tonight I breathed a slight sigh of relief as I finally discovered what's
been eating my deck.
Since the discovery of small piles of sawdust and large holes seemingly
drilled into the wood decking last year, I wondered if I had purchased
cedar infested with Asian longhorned beetles, but calls and emails to
the state extension office went unanswered. I figured the damage was
already done, so I dropped it and went on with my life.
Two days ago I noticed another pile of sawdust by some of my plant
shelving. I knew that the wood couldn't have been infested before since
this was pressure-treated AC2 lumber, so whatever was eating had to
be doing it from the outside in.
Today I struck paydirt. A treated 2x4x8 leaning against the house
had a large pile of sawdust at the base, so I picked up the board
and examined it. Sure enough, there was a 1/4" hole, neatly 'drilled',
just like I'd seen last year. I put my ear against it and could hear
I quickly ran inside to retrieve a glass jar and a glass of water. I
slowly poured water into the hole until it was full, let it sit for
a minute, then turned the board sideways to drain it. I repeated this
again and, sure enough, my nemesis emerged!
I quickly put my glass jar over the hole just in time to see another
one come out. What were they? What was eating me out of house and
They looked just like bumblebees. That's right. Fuzzy, black and
yellow-striped bees that we all like to see pollinating our plants.
I checked on Google and it looks like there's also a 'carpenter bee'
that will eat wood, and it sounds like my bare cedar deck is a prime
Now I have to figure out what to do with them. I don't want to kill them
and I don't want to use insecticides, but I also don't want my deck
collapsing beneath my feet.
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