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Answered 2015-07-15 19:33:56

Not sure what kind of bees you have that can tunnel through brick, but I'm not sure I would mess with them. Ha ha.

Here in TN, Dad used to fight the carpenter bees at our house by cutting strips of old rubber tire inner tube about 3/8" wide and about 6 inches long. Then he would sneak up on the holes at night and double the inner tube strip and stuff it in the hole. The idea was that the adults couldn't chew through rubber to get in and cut more channel or lay more eggs and the new bees who hatched couldn't get out by chewing through the rubber. He waged the war for several years.

Maybe that would work with your "mason" bees.

These bees apparently chew into rafters and other exposed pine wood on the house and lay their eggs, then fill the channel with mud or "something brown." They resemble a bumble bee in size and shape and coloring, but Dad always said "They won't sting you, son!" I never put it to the test.

My method of dealing with carpenter bees was to take a tennis racket and swat them while they were flying by. They usually don't die, so you have to chase them down on the ground and stomp them.

Dad used to also tell me that there was "nothing under the house that would hurt me" when he sent me under there to pull a wire or adjust something. So far he was right about that.

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