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Carpenter bees vs Mason bees

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    What is, or is there, a difference between Carpenter bees and Mason bees?

    I have a small outdoor work bench made of untreated wood that now seems to be home to several black, wood boring, bees. Knowing that bees are such great pollinators I really don't want to kill them but I don't want them destroying anything else plus I'd like to toss the un-needed work bench.

    I've seen in magazines where they sell mason bee "homes" made of wood tubes. So are mason and carpenter bees the same or different?
     
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    There is a difference. Carpenter bees drill holes in wood, Mason bees don't. Also Carpenter bees have a smooth abdomen, while Mason bees have a hairy abdomen. Kill them & treat all unfinished wood with some kind of sealant (and that includes even the underside of a deck) as they will return year after year.
     
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    I'm assuming carpenter bees are considered more of a nuisance than good?
     
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    Most definitely.
     
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    Once they start.. geez.. just remove the wood and start fresh.. these little demons never go away once established.. ask me how I know..
     
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    In the good old days when you could still get Chlordane, we used to dip a cotton ball in it & stuff the hole with it. Man, I sure do miss that stuff...
     
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    Well I've learned they HATE fire, but at least they are gone.
     
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