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Carpenter bees

The ants seem to be in decline (luckily they never managed to get into the house), but now I got carpenter bees. You'd think with the number of carpenters at my place, they'd have a new deck finished by now.

Anybody can recommend a good pest control company? The problem is that I think they are in the soffit, so it's hard for me to reach them and seal the holes.
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Archanfel wrote: The ants seem to be in decline (luckily they never managed to get into the house), but now I got carpenter bees. You'd think with the number of carpenters at my place, they'd have a new deck finished by now.

Anybody can recommend a good pest control company? The problem is that I think they are in the soffit, so it's hard for me to reach them and seal the holes.
Really funny, good one on a bad situation.I know a pretty good pest control in Ottawa but don't know where you are.
Anyway, any national chain would be a good choice. Smaller singular companies may be cheaper but, they may also be harder to get back if you have continual problems. Larger companies have longer guarantees.
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Pete_Coach wrote: Really funny, good one on a bad situation.I know a pretty good pest control in Ottawa but don't know where you are.
Anyway, any national chain would be a good choice. Smaller singular companies may be cheaper but, they may also be harder to get back if you have continual problems. Larger companies have longer guarantees.
Thanks. I am in the GTA. Orkin any good?
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I've been using Pesticon for the last few years now. I find their service good, fast and responsive, reasonably priced. They've been able to deal with 3 bee issues, rodents, and squirrels.
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I used Rentokil for Carpenter ants before...this was 15-20 yrs ago. If you know where the "nest" is, you can fix your problem relatively easily.
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I thought they would be finished laying their eggs by now? I had a good fight with them earlier in May, it is actually not that hard to identify all the holes they burr as the while the female is :drilling" the male keeps guard. I think I got 100% of them this time- I would just spray anti-wasp foam into the hole and the female would die, then male just leaves.
Interesting that they managed to get into your soffits, I thought they only use exposed wood for their nests... Actually the damage from carpenter bees is minimal (1/2" hole) and would not bother me, but the problem is that later woodpeckers make 1.5" holes to get to the carpenter bee larvae...
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Dekster wrote: I thought they would be finished laying their eggs by now? I had a good fight with them earlier in May, it is actually not that hard to identify all the holes they burr as the while the female is :drilling" the male keeps guard. I think I got 100% of them this time- I would just spray anti-wasp foam into the hole and the female would die, then male just leaves.
Interesting that they managed to get into your soffits, I thought they only use exposed wood for their nests... Actually the damage from carpenter bees is minimal (1/2" hole) and would not bother me, but the problem is that later woodpeckers make 1.5" holes to get to the carpenter bee larvae...
Thanks. My soffit is wood and the paint is peeling at places, thus the issue. Too expensive to replace the soffit. I might try to paint it, but again due to the location, it's not easy.

LOL about woodpeckers. Yeah, I heard that too.
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Dekster wrote: I thought they would be finished laying their eggs by now? I had a good fight with them earlier in May, it is actually not that hard to identify all the holes they burr as the while the female is :drilling" the male keeps guard. I think I got 100% of them this time- I would just spray anti-wasp foam into the hole and the female would die, then male just leaves.
Interesting that they managed to get into your soffits, I thought they only use exposed wood for their nests... Actually the damage from carpenter bees is minimal (1/2" hole) and would not bother me, but the problem is that later woodpeckers make 1.5" holes to get to the carpenter bee larvae...
I dealt with my first carpenter bee this summer. Did the same thing and there were no more wood shavings. Not sure if they're dead though.

Another recommendation was to use sticky tape to trap the bee as it comes out.

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