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Carpenter bees & dried hardwood storage8/29
1st. day with my woodweb account and not sure where this question best fits so here it goes.
I'm looking for a place to store my kiln dried hardwoods (Indiana - walnut, cherry, oak, & butternut for now) and struck a deal with my neighbor to use the hay loft in their barn. While getting the barn ready to receive the wood I noticed carpenter bees actively using some of the open sided unpainted wood framing. So far I haven't seen any signs of the bees inside the hay loft.
My question is :
1) do I run and not put a single board in the hay loft ?
2) go ahead and use the hay loft knowing that both my neighbor and I will have to be diligent at eradicating the carpenter bees ?
3) go ahead and use the hay loft and make peace with the carpenter bees by building a ventilated exclusionary cage around my wood ?
Your thoughts and advice .
I don't think you need to worry about your stacked lumber. They like to come in from the bottom of elevated places like barn joist, so they are probably pretty happy just where they are.
You could go at eradicating them, but if you have a garden or there are plants around that need pollinating, I'd leave them alone. The females are the ones out doing the work. The males which are the ones buzzing around the nest can't sting, so don't worry about them.
I'd worry more about powder post beetle.
Around here at least the carpenter bees don't touch hardwood at least that I've seen. I don't even see them bothering poplar all that much.
Thanks for all the good feedback.
I'm going to continue to move into the barn and not mess with the bees. If they aren't a threat then why mess with them.