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mason bee extraction

 
Daniel Kern
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There are some mason bees boring into the logs in some log cabins around here and I would like to extract them out. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could move them from here to a new home such as bamboo?
 
Steven Feil
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Don't know of any Mason Bees that bore. I know they use existing holes though.

It is my understanding that once they choose a place they are pretty set on it. You may have luck attracting them to a nesting site (the bamboo for example) if it is placed in the area. Once you see them using the bamboo you could calk all of the holes they would use otherwise.
 
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Sorry. I meant carpentor bees. I thought that they were the same thing. I believe it would be the same kind of process, if even possible, I made one of these



and put lemongrass oil on it to attract them then put it close to the cabin, but it has not worked.
 
Steven Feil
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There are lots of different "mason" bees and I do not know them all. The ones I know of as MASON bees use mud to seal their holes.

That block looks nice but may or may not be healthy in the long term. Are the bees actually chewing the holes? Have you seen them doing this?
 
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Sorry for the confusion. They are different insects completely and are both in the order Hymenoptera. carpenter bees vs mason bees.

and yes i actually have seen them boring into the wood. it was quite a thing to see.
 
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Carpenter bees are native to NE Texas though and are beneficial.
 
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