Carpenter Bees and Other Uninvited Creatures
Part of a good ornamental landscape design is gaining control—controlled lines, controlled growth, and controlled water. Invasive pests will not allow coexistence. Invasive pests are out there, trying to wrest away your control and dominance of your outdoor space, and you have no option but to battle them. Vigilance is required to stand and hold your ground. Eradication must be your goal.
Don’t feel badly about wiping out invasive pests from your little patch of ground. There are plenty more out there! Once you win the battle (avoiding pesticides), you will notice a pleasant return of some old friends—honey bees and butterflies and song birds.
The photo above shows what carpenter bees can do to a nice, redwood fence, not to mention all the native insects they displace with their hordes of destructive and irritating siblings. The fence is almost 200 feet long, and up to 20 feet tall in some spots. It took several years of filling over 5,000 holes in this fence and a combination of mechanical and chemical warfare to eliminate them all. The low, dull, monotonous buzz that used to permeate the garden, not to mention the belligerent and confrontational buzzing in our faces is now gone.
What pests need removal from your home landscape?
• Carpenter Bees
• Yellow Jackets (near people)
• Stink Bugs
• Japanese Beetles
Killing these pests needs to be strategic. Proceeding without knowledge can be, at worst, damaging to native insect populations, and at least, ineffective. Sometimes the only thing you need to do is as simple as covering garbage cans. Do the required research and use methods that target only the invasive species, without harming native populations or good bugs.