Carpenter bees

first_imgApply an insecticide dust, such as Sevin, directly into thehole in mid to late April. Apply it when the wind isn’t blowing,and wear a particle mask and gloves.Spray a liquid insecticide on the wood surface every twoweeks at least through April and maybe into May, as long as thebees remain active. Any product that ends in “thrin,” such ascypermethrin, cyfluthrin or deltamethrin, should work well. Don’tspray the liquid on top of the dust or you’ll negate the efficacyof the dust by getting it wet. By Dan SuiterUniversity of GeorgiaIn nature, it’s mating season. The birds are chirping andstarting to mate. All the critters are doing their thing. And inApril, out come the carpenter bees.This family of bees has a number of species, all with pretty muchthe same biology. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll start seeinga series of behaviors in these bees, culminating in amating-and-egg-laying process.The unfortunate part of this is that it involves wood structures.A typical piece of wood that’s susceptible to infestation bycarpenter bees is unfinished, soft wood, such as pine or fir.Cedar’s highly susceptible.Old-timersThe bees you’ll see buzzing around wood during the next few weekswere born a year ago. They left their nest sites, dime-size holeschewed into the wood, last summer. They went out into the gardenand started doing their pollinating thing as all bees do.When it got cold last fall, they returned to the same nest sitesand went to sleep for the winter.Around the first of April, the bees wake up and emerge from thewood. The bees you’ll see in the next couple of weeks are theones doing the mating and laying the eggs. These bees were bornlast summer and will be dead by May.But first…The females will chew a new hole into the wood, then make eithera left or right turn and chew another section of wood, probably 6or 8 inches long.They’ll lay an egg, put some pollen on it, then back up and wallit off. Then they’ll lay another egg, put some pollen in there,wall it off and repeat that with six or eight eggs. When theyfinish, they live for only another couple of weeks.The bees you see in the summertime are their progeny. It’s theirkids in the garden during June, July, August and September.Give ’em an inch…These bees will return to the hole where they were born tosurvive next winter. They come back to the same sites year afteryear after year. So if you don’t abate this problem, you can windup with significant damage, especially in barns and outbuildingswhere you’re not keeping watch.Not only do you have aesthetic damage with those dime-size holes,but you have a degradation of the structural integrity of thewood.The bees come back year after year because they’re all the samefamily. It’s the progeny after the progeny after the progeny. Soyou have to break that cycle of reinfestation after reinfestation.What to doThe University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends twooptions to kill the active bees in the spring: PatienceThe only time when you don’t have any bees in those woodgalleries is from midsummer to early fall. That’s the best timeto plug up the holes. If you plug them while bees are still inthere, they may actually, when they develop, chew their way out,leaving more holes.So wait until probably July or August to plug the holes with woodputty. Sand them off and then paint that surface with either anoil- or polyurethane-based paint. Something that’s really thickwill keep the bees from coming back.(Dan Suiter is a Cooperative Extension entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

New leadership named for IBM’s Vermont facility

first_imgTwo leadership positions have been announced for IBM in Vermont.  Janette K. Bombardier has been named senior location executive and Steven A. Wildermuth has been named vice president, semiconductor manufacturing and development, for the Vermont facility. They succeed John DiToro, vice president for semiconductor manufacturing and senior location executive, who retired from IBM on July 1, 2010. As the senior location executive, Bombardier is responsible for IBM’s external relations and internal site programs for the Vermont facility.   She also leads the site’s facilities operations, which includes supporting IBM’s Smarter Planet initiatives as an IBM “Center of Excellence” for water and energy management.Bombardier joined IBM in Vermont in 1980, and has held a variety of management and engineering positions in construction management, manufacturing engineering, photomask and test engineering, product development and product quality.  She is a licensed professional engineer in Vermont and holds bachelors and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Vermont. She is a member of the board of directors for the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, and a member of the Vermont System Planning Commission, which provides direction for electric transmission issues and investments in the state.   She and her family live in Colchester, Vermont. Wildermuth is responsible for semiconductor manufacturing, technology development, and photomask manufacturing and development at the IBM Vermont facility.  The site manufactures semiconductor chips for use in a wide range of consumer electronics and communications applications. He joined IBM in 1981, and has held a number of positions in IBM’s microelectronics business, including director of semiconductor engineering for the Vermont facility and director of worldwide packaging and test.  Wildermuth received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, and masters degrees in material science and business administration from the University of Vermont.  He is a member of the board of advisors for the College of Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Vermont.  He and his family live in Essex, Vermont. Source: IBM. ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT, July 6, 2010last_img read more

The Bloomsbury set

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NASA Now Working On Giving Recognition To Hidden Figures Who Helped Make

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