4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees


Try these four natural remedies to get rid of carpenter bees. Whenever possible, we should try and repel the bees and not kill them as they are important pollinators.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

1. Apply Almond Oil
According to gardening editor Mike Mcgrath, carpenter bees can be temporarily repelled with almond oil. When the bees are out and about, plug up all the holes with steel wool then soak the wooden surface with almond oil.

Carpenter Bee Almond Oil

2. Suck Them in With a Shop Vac
Use a shop vacuum (with the filter taken out) to catch as many bees as you can. Once you are done, relocate the bees to a suitable location (e.g. wooded area).

Carpenter Bee Trap

3. Get a Carpenter Bee Trap
In the event that you have little choice but to kill the carpenter bees, try using a carpenter bee trap. These traps mimic a carpenter bee’s nesting site. Place them next to wooden surfaces where the bees have already drilled tunnels into.

4. Stain or Paint the Wooden Surface
Carpenter bees burrow tunnels into the wood as a place to lay their eggs. For this reason, you may find carpenter bees close to wooden decks, window frames, and fences.

An alternative to almond oil is to stain or paint all natural wood surfaces. How you do this will depend on a number of factors such as the type of wood and the amount of sunlight the wooden surface receives.

If you live in an area that’s native to woodpeckers then be sure to handle your carpenter bee problem as soon as possible. Woodpeckers love to drill into the carpenter bee tunnels to peck out the bee larvae. This would cause even more problems for the wooden surface.