How to Get Rid of Burrowing Wood Black Bees

Updated February 21, 2017

Burrowing wood black bees, which are actually carpenter bees, are a nuisance to homeowners, not because of their threat to people but because of the damage they do to homes. Burrowing wood bees, as their name implies, make their homes by burrowing into bare wood at the point of least resistance. The small holes that the bees drill are not very noticeable at first, but over time can damage a structure. Due to the damage that the bees inflict, homeowners may choose to get rid of burrowing wood black bees.

Go to the wood bee's nest after dark with flashlight and caulking gun or wood putty. Visiting the nest after dark ensures the bees are all nesting, and because bees are not as active at night.

Fill up the holes the bees have made for a nest with the caulking gun or wood putty.

Using sandpaper to sand down the putty or caulk used in filling up the bee holes. Sanding readies the filled-in bee holes for painting.

Using paint and a paint brush, paint over the top of the hole that was filled by the putty or caulking. Using this method kills the bee colony and covers damage done by the bees.

Go to the bee's nest after dark with flashlight and pesticide. Going after dark ensures the bees are all nesting, and because bees are not as active after dark.

Spray the nest and surrounding area with pesticide. To make sure the bees are all dead, repeat this process a second time.

After killing the bees, apply putty or caulk to the holes and repaint.


For those who do not wish to use pesticide or who do not feel up to applying putty or caulk, a vacuum cleaner can be used to vacuum the bees out. A natural way of dealing with wood bees is to paint exposed wood with heavy citrus oil. This has to be repeated every few days in order to be successful


Wood bees typically drill in unnoticeable, hard to reach areas, therefore the damage they inflict may go unnoticed until a substantial amount has been done.

Things You'll Need

  • Caulking gun or wood putty
  • Pesticide
  • Flashlight
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
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