Carpenter bees ruin the wood around homes, barns, and other outside structures. Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees in appearance but lack the hairy abdomen of the former. While bumblebees build underground nests and colonies, carpenter bees live in solitary hives.
Unfortunately, the “homes” they build for themselves and their families are little more than precisely drilled holes in wood. These holes are where mature female carpenter bees develop their larva for the next generation of bees. Examine any wood surfaces or external eaves for evidence of sawdust. There’s a good chance you’ll come upon a precisely drilled hole along the way. There’s also a floating scout male bee that keeps an eye on the house.
Carpenter bees can wreak havoc on your home, so here are five natural ways to keep them at bay.
Citrus oil is toxic to carpenter bees, as it is to many other insects. Carpenter bees do not like it, thus it is an excellent natural repellant.
Bees can’t build a nest in freshly drilled holes, but spraying citrus oil on them will assist. In order to prevent them from returning and drilling farther, wash down high-impact areas with the oil.