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I can't tell...are those carpenter bees? The ones that drill perfectly round holes in untreated or unpainted lumber and look a lot like bumble bees?
 

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Without bees, we would not be here. They will not hurt you unless you dink around with their hives. Save the Bees! Can you tell I raise bees & have bee hives? Are you sure they were not wasps?
 

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They may look different here in AL but many folks don't know this: the aggressive one that gets in your face and does frequent fly-by's to intimidate you is usually the male with the white or whitish-yellowish face and he has no stinger...I've knocked a few down and held them in my hand...no stinger.

Now the female, the one with the black face, that's a different ballgame...she is less aggressive and less "in-your-face" but she DOES have a stinger on the business end!
 
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Without bees, we would not be here. They will not hurt you unless you dink around with their hives. Save the Bees! Can you tell I raise bees & have bee hives?
Thanks for your hives.

BTW, over the years I've done lots of bee-petting, especially bumble bees....as you can see, they get so engrossed in doing their job, they don't notice (or care) that someone is stroking their back while they deep-dive the azalea blooms!

 

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I can't tell...are those carpenter bees? The ones that drill perfectly round holes in untreated or unpainted lumber and look a lot like bumble bees?
Even treated lumber, I use a corn broom, more surface. ;)
 

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Even treated lumber.....
I wasn't aware of that; they left my dad's wishing well façade over his well pump alone after he painted it white with regular outdoor paint.

My house is brick all they way up to roof peak, vinyl under soffits with aluminum corners, edges and trim and porches are concrete....no worries. However, they still patrol around the house all summer, back and forth, like Navy Lockheed P3 Orions out in the Pacific Ocean back in the 60's-80's. It's their job, man. :cool:
 

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My deck is about 25 years old and it was treated lumber then and painted 3 years ago and I still get them. Maybe the age of the treated lumber but the paint didn't stop them.
 
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Without bees, we would not be here. They will not hurt you unless you dink around with their hives. Save the Bees! Can you tell I raise bees & have bee hives? Are you sure they were not wasps?
Without carpenter Bees I would have nothing to do on weekends instead of filling holes on my deck and shed.
 

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My deck is about 25 years old and it was treated lumber then and painted 3 years ago and I still get them. Maybe the age of the treated lumber but the paint didn't stop them.
Wow...dem Joisey beez ain't ta be mess wit, ya got that?....:cool:
 

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I’m glad they can only try to intimidate me. They say they don’t have stingers.
 
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