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Carpenter bee damage prevention?

Carpenter bee prevention.

A clever experimental device that might help to decrease carpenter bee damage?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I would love to find a solution to the fruit flies in my house. I've tried every home remedy and every time I think I'm winning they come back. I have never had them before only knats. Any suggestions?
Comment by Anonymous Sat Oct 6 08:25:04 2018
Did you purchase this or did you make it? I would love to get rid of our carpenter bees, both here at the cabin and up at the tree house. If you made it, I will take two. If you purchased it, from where?
Comment by Sheila Bach Sat Oct 6 22:09:43 2018

Anonymous --- In our old place, when fruit flies came it was often at this time of year and they seemed to die back once the cold weather hit. But I'm afraid I don't have any ideas other than letting your trailer freeze inside! :-)

Sheila --- This isn't actually ours. It's on a friend's house. I think they purchased it as a kit, but I'm not quite sure from whom. There's some kind of lure inside the wooden box. As you can see, there are insects inside...but there is also fresh carpenter-bee damage nearby. So I'm not sure if I can recommend it!

Comment by anna Sun Oct 7 14:34:40 2018
We have four of them, they are a little different than the one pictured but all work well. The soda bottle fills up every year, the one we have with a pint jar is full and running over.There is no bait, just the 45 degree angle on the entrance hole. They go up and then go down into the bottle and can't find there way out!
Comment by wewally Sun Oct 7 18:32:46 2018

They're actually good pollinators. You can set out unpainted weathered wood blocks for them to use. Maybe even drill some starter holes to attract them away from where you don't want them. Here in the Pacific NW I have 2 honeybee hives and a half dozen mason bee houses with pre-drilled wood blocks. The mason bees are a little different in that the pupae overwinter in cocoons, as opposed to the carpenters where the adults over winter. The mason bee blocks come apart so they can be cleaned to cut down on the mites, and the cocoons can be removed and stored in the fridge over the winter to be set out in the spring. I usually get a few hundred cocoons every year. See the Crown Bees website for info on solitary bees:

Comment by Marc Crump Wed Oct 10 00:57:00 2018

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