Easy Ways to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees Without Poison

Like all bees, carpenter bees are valuable to our ecosystem and incredibly efficient pollinators.

But unlike other bees, they can be loud, messy, and a nuisance around your home and garden if they start drilling into the wood and causing damage.

Here’s how you can prevent carpenter bees from staking a claim to your property.

Paint your wood.


Why? Because carpenter bees are put off by wood that’s been chemically treated (which makes it more challenging to burrow into).


The strong smells of orange, lemon, lime, lemongrass, bergamot, and grapefruit are powerful enough to deter them, yet safe enough to use around your home as a natural bee repellent.

Use citrus essential oil.


Hanging heavy wind chimes in areas where carpenter bees might nest can be effective enough to drive them elsewhere.

Install chimes or speakers.


Once you’re sure all the bees are out, plug the hole with wood putty or a wooden dowel coated with wood glue. 

Seal the holes.


Invite them in.

Every spring they have the huge task of drilling holes and building nests, so if they can find anything to make their jobs easier, they’ll likely take it.

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