Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 30
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Timthetoolguy Killed the bees in the holes in my deck quickly.
I sprayed this in all the holes in my deck and noticed bees dropping out of the holes shortly afterwards. I would highly recommend this to kill the carpenter bees as I just bought it today and noticed immediate results.
May 1, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Dlecia05 Let's try this
Tried this to see if I could reach the yellow jackets from a different way. They have bored a hole in the outside lower trim on an unused back door. Used products I have reviewed here with no cure. Tried this from inside of house. Around door and trim. Don't know if it reaches but the thin straw and foaming action gives me a spec of sand of hope.
September 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GrassMan76 Gets the Job done
Saw the carpenter bees starting to dig holes into my pergola of my patio. Did some research and found this product. Located as many holes as i could and sprayed into them. I hit each hole at least twice just make sure i got a good saturation. I didnt plug the holes as i had read not to in case there were more inside further from the holes. This would allow anything that tracks through the spray to bring it further into the nest and kill there also.
The one issue i did have with this product is spraying into the holes, you get alot of kickback of the fluid due to the pressure of the spray. Though i would rather have to much pressure then not enough.
I checked shortly after spraying and found a bunch of bees on the patio dying or already dead--so in my book that is a win even if i have to do another application.
May 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by User517 Awesome product for Carpenter Bee control!
After reading the previous comments, I had to add my two cents. I had carpenter bees above my garage door (very hard to reach place, have to be up close), and they had at least 5 different entry points dug out. I sprayed the product in all holes, and watched the bees drop out dead! I counted at least 15 bees, and all within the first 15 minutes.
To the above comment that this spray doesn't kill on contact, are you sure those were carpenter bees? It worked really well for me, and I do recommend this product highly. I did use up the whole can, and my next step will be to cover the holes and paint the wood.
May 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Reader Product Use
OK. You need to saturate the hole(s) keeping the hole sealed with a rag so the fluid doesn't just drip out while you are spraying. Really flood the hole(s) with this product. Check a little later and you will see bees struggling for life on the ground --perhaps only 2 or 3 at a time since they tried to get out of the hole nest. Just step on them. More will show up later on the ground like in the morning if you spray in the evening. Likely you could have a dozen in there which hatched over time. Spray again 48 hours later and see if more are on the ground. Sawdust will probably still be evident on the ground. After spraying again then fill the hole(s) with most any caulk. It's still possible some will remain in the wood, but likely they will be dead since you have sealed the easy escape hole(s) and flooded their home. Note that Carpenter Bees tend to show up and return to the same place annually so the review saying they returned is not because the product didn't work but that these bees were not there when you first applied the fluid. Keep checking and spray if you see any new holes to prevent a female from laying eggs. It's only the male which hovers around the wood. They like bare untreated wood. The male looks scary but cannot sting you. Only the female can sting and she is inside the nest. I hope this helps you.
July 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wGAguy Works GREAT on ground nesting Yellow Jackets (AKA: black/yellow wasps).
Firstly, THIS PRODUCT WORKS FANTASTICALLY (when used on Yellow Jackets nesting in the ground).
As of this writing (July 31, 2012), only one other review of this product exists. It's a 1 star review, which I find perplexing. Evidently, this guy had no luck w/this on Carpenter Bees (which I highly doubt his story - read on and I'll explain).
I've had problems with Yellow Jackets (which are technically wasps) in my 1 acre yard here in metro Atlanta every summer for the past 3 years. After, the first two summers that I stumbled (literally) across some nasty Yellow Jacket nests in my yard, I was determined to find something more effective and environmentally friendly than the old, but effective, gasoline trick.
Like I said, pouring gasoline into the nest is effective but the gas contaminates the ground and the surrounding foliage/flowers, etc. Tired of abusing my yard w/the gas solution, imagine my pleasant surprise when I found this Spectracide spray can sitting on the shelf of my local Home Depot. I asked the lawn/garden guy if he'd heard anything good about it and he said only a couple of folks had tried it and they said ti worked fine... but I was a bit skeptical (I still remember that first spring day a couple of years ago when I first encountered the nest of Jackets as they swarmed over/around me as I unsuspectingly pushed my lawnmower directly over their huge nest. The can just looked so 'small'.
Well, I bought the can and a few nights later, under cover of darkness, I decided to 'ambush' the nest as quickly as possible. I decided on this method after much thought and of course, internet searching. So, w/out further banter, the following method is the best way to attack the nest using this Spectracide spray:
Stand back from the nest about 10-15 feet (far enough to no disturb the 'gatekeeper' wasps that are located just inside the nest opening - trust me, they are there). You may even want to size up the situation even further away with the flashlight and some binoculars. Anyway, with a flashlight in one hand (or even better, you might want to use a focusing headlamp to free up both hands) and the spray in the other, shine the light beam directly on the opening of the nest
Here's where the adrenaline starts pumping because (at least this happened w/my nest) when the light beam pierces the darkness of the nest, the Yellow Jackets seem to stir and begin to group quickly to 'engage the enemy'. So... when the light is focused directly on the opening, don't waste any time in unleashing the fury of the long reaching spray of the Spectracide. This stuff sprays at least 15 feet, possibly 20 feet (like most wasp sprays being sold today).
And really, HERE'S THE KEY TO KILLING THE ENTIRE NEST - all while avoiding getting stung, not even once: Once you've begun spraying the nest's opening, DO NOT STOP! It's almost like the spray stream becomes a magnet to the opening of the nest. Walk steady but briskly right up to the hole, all the while spraying - making sure to spray any brave yellow jackets trying to fly away. If this stuff hits them, even barely, they pretty much being dying immediately (they are definitely 'down for the count' and will soon die if they aren't dead from the initial spray).
So... make sure, when walking/spraying towards the nest's hole, that you go right up to the nest's hole and insert the red straw (similar to the straw found on a WD-40 can, but a little longer) directly into the hole and KEEP SPRAYING until the can is depleted.
If all goes well, you'll notice the spray is expanding into foam that supposedly expands into every part of the nest, which effectively kills the entire colony, including the queen. I'm not sure it killed the entire nest upon initial contact but I do know that I sprayed so much of it down into the 'top of the nest' that I'm sure it soaked into the upper portion of the nest, which effectively killed any wasp that tried to escape at a later time.
So, that's it. The whole process kind of reminds me of when a high school/college football team runs through that big paper 'pep rally sign' right before a football game. Again, the key is this: once you've started spraying, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT STOP until you've emptied the entire can into the nest.
It worked for me - I hope it works for you! Thanks for taking the time to read my overly long review!
PS - I bought this at my local Home Depot (not online, fyi). As a bonus, from my research, it seems that Home Depot is pricing this the lowest (even compared to those online-only sellers) at this time. Great price and it works - beautiful!
July 31, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Read the instructions!
I saw the bad reviews here and thought let me give it a shot. Since this was the only thing that I found for carpenter Bees. The spray is not used to spray directly on the bees.The spray is used to spray inside the hive and then you wait 48 hours. I had a lot of bees that made a holes in my shed and I sprayed it in the hole and waited 48 hours I went back and removed the piece of wood that was already rotted. All of the bees came out dead. So I think it did its job as directed. This is not used to go out spraying bees. They Have other products to do that.
May 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LW Killed the bees!!
I live in a condo for the past almost 3 years. Since I moved in I have been battling carpenter bees and the association won't do anything about them. Was told by them, there wasn't anything they could do about the bees. By chance, I looked in Home Depot and found this spray. The price was right to try. I sprayed my patio area because I couldn't even sit outside without the bees running into me. After a week, the bees were almost totally gone (the wall was huge so it took 2 sprays to get all of them to leave). After it worked for me, I went to my neighbor's area and did the same. Her area runs along the sidewalk and you would just walk into bees the whole way up it to my front door. I sprayed her area 2 months ago and mine was almost 3 months. No bees at all to this day! Doesn't work on wasps that I have going under my concrete foundation but carpenter bees it works amazingly!
July 23, 2015