Drione Dust--This is the product we recommend for Carpenter Bees and Carpenter Ants. The light fluffy dust makes it easy to apply using the crusader duster(see equipment section). Dessicant action makes the product last for several months. It also makes a great flea powder for dogs and can be used in cracks and crevices for roaches. A little bit goes a long ways, very safe. Drione Dust contains silica gel and pyrethrin.
CARPENTER BEE CONTROL
Carpenter bees are large (1 inch) yellow and black
bees which become active in early spring. They resemble bumble
bees but do not live in colonies, have fewer hairs and no pollen
sacs on the hind legs. They appear around homes and are a
nuisance. Although it is rare to be stung by one, their sheer size
is scary and people generally stay clear of them.
Their nest is much more of a concern. These nests, if left untreated, will result in extensive structural damage and will result in costly repairs within a few years. The female will go in and out of the nest so patience will show where the entrance is. Killing individual bees with a liquid insecticide will not destroy the bee's young. THE NEST MUST BE TREATED!!
BIOLOGY OF CARPENTER BEES:
Carpenter bees get their name from their ability to
drill through wood and nest in it. Their drilling will create a
nearly perfect hole approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. This hole
is usually located on the underside of any wood surface including
siding, soffits, overhangs, decks, fence posts, fascia boards and window
frames. Although the hole appears to be only an inch or two deep,
it doesn't end there. The female will turn 90 degrees and bore a
channel from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet. This channel serves as
a main corridor from which she will drill small chambers a few inches
deep. These chambers become egg holders. She will deposit an
egg, bring in some food, and then seal it off to ensure the egg's
development. Click on this link
to see the damage they did to one of our customer's decks.
The male spends most of his time flying around the nest playing guard. This is ironic as nature has left him ill prepared; he has no stinger! Only the female can sting. Simply killing the male will not solve your problem. TO ELIMINATE CARPENTER BEES YOU MUST TREAT THE NEST WITH DRIONE.
TREATMENT OF CARPENTER BEES:
To treat the carpenter bee holes use Drione Dust and a Crusader Duster. As the female enters the hole she will drag the dust into the nest and kill all the larvae, or there will be dust still there and active to kill any emerging juvenile carpenter even months later. (Just spraying the holes will probably kill the adult bees, but spraying will not kill all the larvae. You must use a dust.) If you must kill the harmless male carpenter bee then use a Wasp and Hornet Aerosol.
To prevent future drilling of new holes in the wood spray with cypermethrin twice during the spring, 3 weeks apart. Cypermethrin insecticide is excellent in controlling a variety of pests including spiders, ants and big roaches.
Wasp and Hornet spray
Viper, contains cypermethrin, larger sizes of cypermethrin are available.
Carpenter Bee Kit
Best Buy!! For use in treatment and eradication of carpenter bee nests in walls or buildings. Includes Drione Dust, which is the product we recommend for carpenter bees and carpenter ants. The light fluffy dust makes it easy to apply using the crusader duster (included). Desiccant action makes the product last for several months. Can also be used in cracks and crevices for roaches. A little bit goes a long way. Drione contains silica gel and pyrethrum. Our kit also comes with Viper, a multipurpose insecticide containing Cypermethrin. Treatment with Viper will prevent carpenterbee drilling in the future. Treat every 2-3 weeks until the season is over.
Kit includes one lb. of Drione, 4 oz. of Viper, and a crusader duster.
Cypermethrin cannot be shipped to NY or Ct., but Drione Dust can.
Carpenter ants are large (10 mm or more) black or brown ants often found in wooded areas. However, they are known to enter homes also, especially in the spring. These ants are most often seen one at a time, and they are by far the largest ants seen on the property. In the spring, you may find large numbers of flying ants. These are the reproductive members of the colony. They indicate the presence of a mature colony nearby, and this is cause for concern. This colony must be found and destroyed immediately because carpenter ants are capable of doing severe structural damage if left untreated. The good news is that can do your own carpenter ant control at a fraction of the cost of professional treatment to take care of this dangerous and costly pest!
To find the carpenter ant colony look for the following signs:
If you cannot find the nest, then use Advance
Carpenter Ant Bait. This is an effective granular bait
especially formulated for carpenter ant control. It is both safe and
easy to use. One pound is rated to cover one acre, and it can be used
inside and outside the home. For faster control consider using Maxforce
Carpenter Ant gel bait. This has a natural "honeydew
attractant" that Carpenter Ants find irresistible. Using either one
or both baits may not destroy the colony completely, but simply cripple
it. For complete and immediate death of the entire carpenter ant colony,
repair the water leak and treat the Carpenter Ant gallery with Drione
Once activity has ceased spray the entry points outside of your home with a good residual insecticide such as Cypermethrin.
BEST BUY >>>> We now offer a Carpenter Ant Control Kit containing:
One pound of Drione Dust, one Crusader Duster, and 2 Termite and Carpenter Ant aerosols.
BEST BUY>>>>Carpenter Ant Bait Kit, containing:
One 2 pound container of Advance Granular Carpenter Ant bait and one 27 gram syringe of Maxforce Carpenter Ant gel bait.
Follow this link to view the kits and more information on these products.
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Professional Pest Control Products, Inc.
5825 Nancy Ave.
Columbus, Ga. 31909
1/706-682-2314 fax 1/706-221-1918