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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2012

I am looking for a painting contractor that would paint my 6 yr old wooden fence that has wood bees that come out every year.

Would painting my wooden fence help rid;reduce wood bees?

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Not really. Bees will inhabit all types of places including painted wood structures. You'll need an exterminator to get rid of them first. The painting is going to help preserve the fence but it's not going to deter insects.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


Came across this late of course, but might be helpful to you or other reading this question:

Obviously, spraying with black flag or such will be necessary before it can be finished. As Todd said, regular paint will not help. However, IF you fill the existing bee holes with concrete or plastic wood, then "paint" the fence with copper treatment for ground contact timber, that will dramatically (though not totally) reduce bee and hornet attraction to the fencing. Cuprenol and Copper care are two brands of copper napthelate/napthenate products that severaly inhibit fungal and pest attack of wood - come in a farily bright green (like green treated timber) and a fairly dark brown.

One thought - while they do nest in the posts at times, what is more common is nesting in the ground in the voids created in rotted out or termite eaten posts, so before painting your posts you might want to spray the nests, then dig down a half foot or so on a couple with the bee problem and see if the posts are rotted out or termite eaten.

One other thing - paper wasps and hornets like to chew the fibers off fences to build their nests - especially cedar. Treating the fence with copper protectant will reduce but not stop this, and only kills them if fairly fresh - 5+ year old treated wood is just fin with them. THis is not nesting in the fence, just harvesting materials to build their hanging "football" homes under decks or eaves or in trees.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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