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    Question Trap Out Question?

    I have been using a chauk gun, with latex chauk to seal up entry holes on a brick fireplace, metal step down tin shingles. In the bees desperation, they have been removing the latex to regain entry. I have now started using small twigs from tree branches to shove in the hole, which is not the best method for the home owner when I leave. I need another type of chauk, you got any sugestions?
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    Silicone works better.

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    You might try one of the foam products.

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    Wink

    Silicone works better.
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    silicone works better
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    I find that if I put a little steel wool in before I caulk, the bees are unable to chew through it and you can pretty much use any kind of caulk you like.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    Good tips, the bees go right through sprayed in foam products used in the building trades.
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    Nice to know. I would have tried it.

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    >I find that if I put a little steel wool in before I caulk

    Ditto
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie Elliott View Post
    Good tips, the bees go right through sprayed in foam products used in the building trades.
    That they do, and very quickly. I did a cutout in a church wall where the bees gained access around the conduit for the AC unit where it penetrated the brick. Their maintenance man kept trying to seal them out/in with sprayed foam. The bees removed the foam within 20-30 minutes after it had set up. After the 5th attempt, the guy took 5 or 6 stings, gave up and called me. Personally I think those bees were pretty patient with him. LOL
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    Do they do the same with styrofoam?

    I am planning to make a nuc today using it.

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    I have seen them remove styrofoam beads from the inside of an ice chest I dropped a swarm in. I would at least use the foil faced stuff.

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    Bees will not chew through refractory cement, not even when
    it is still wet. Masonry deserves more masonry.

    For wood, a soda can (aluminum) and a staple gun can make a
    very bee-proof barrier on the inside of any wall.

    For siding, silicone caulk seems to be the best choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    I have seen them remove styrofoam beads from the inside of an ice chest I dropped a swarm in. I would at least use the foil faced stuff.
    Even with the foil faced stuff, if they can get to the foam at the joints, they will "tunnel" around underneath the foil and weaken the joints. I had thought when I built my foam nucs that they would just propolize the cracks, but I was wrong, they just can't seem to resist chewing the foam. I now use adhesive aluminum HVAC tape to seal the seams to prevent their access to the foam (its about $14.00 for a 50 yard roll of 2" wide tape at Lowes or Home Depot). I use the same tape over any gouges in the foil facing as well cause they just won't leave them alone either.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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