After noticing some fine sawdust on the deck I went out to inspect and found a round hole in the bottom of a rail. I saw a beetle-looking creature moving around in there, and then it actually stuck its head out and inspected ME !! I sprayed some bug spray in the hole and forgot about it…until yesterday morning when pieces of shredded rail were all over the deck. A woodpecker had gone after the critter in the deck rail. Clearly, something had to be done.
After doing some research, I surmized that the critter was probably a carpenter bee and that the recommended method of eradication was wasp spray, which I should have bought yesterday afternoon instead of last night because the woodpecker came back early this morning. Yikes….pieces of wood everywhere !! I sprayed the railing and went back inside.
After chasing off the second woodpecker I noticed a good-sized buggie on the deck. OMGosh….I had no idea they were so big, or so pretty…
I was sorry that I had to spray the wasp spray, but as you can see, carpenter bees, and the woodpeckers who go after them, are very destructive. Notice Carpenter Bee chewing on the evidence… She defiantly picked this up right in front of me !!
I wanted to get a better shot, so I harassed her a bit, and then she came after me !! Sorry this shot is a bit blurry, but I was on the move. WOW…she was MAD….notice the lifted leggie in the front….she was chasing me….Not going back out there for awhile….