Behind my gutter, there seems to be unfinished wood which annually attracts
carpenter bees. Every spring, I bring out the tennis racket, no not to play tennis, but to swat the male bees out of the air. The lack of males seems to make the ladies go away, and I no longer see the stains on the wood below the gutter. Is there a more effective way to handle the situation, besides taking the gutter off and painting the wood behind? Also, I live in NJ, and we have recently had some very warm weather. The other day I noticed four dead carpenter bees on the porch. Never seen that before. Anyone have any ideas as to what happened. I have not seen any other activity around the house. Could they be the female corpses that may have died over the winter?