Thursday, May 7, 2015

How to Save Carpenter Bees...and Your Woodwork!

Many people absolutely despise carpenter bees. "They're destroying my house!" they say. But are they just nuisances, causing only destruction? The answer, of course, is "no." These amazing bees are excellent pollinators, and with the collapse of honey bee colonies reaching epidemic proportions, our survival may be dependent on pollinators like these.

The good news is there is a way to save the bees AND your woodwork: a carpenter bee house!

It's just a simple piece of a 4x4 with the right sized holes; the carpenter bees take up residence naturally. In the picture below you can see 4 little black bee butts just inside the holes. That's 4 bees safely reproducing without destroying my porch!

I got mine from Ledfords Homespun-Creations, a local person I met on Facebook. Want one for yourself? Check out Ledfords Homespun-Creations on Facebook. I'm sure they'll be glad to help you out.

A few more carpenter bee facts: The males - they're the "annoying" ones buzzing around protecting their nests - CANNOT STING. They're actually amazing to watch as they hover effortlessly. They also keep away more dangerous insects like wasps.

My wife calls them "Mr. Bumbles." We love watching Mr. Bumbles and his bride in the nest, especially now that we know they're not destroying our deck!

 

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