Every spring, carpenter bees show up around our house. They seem to be living under the eaves of our garage. They leave ugly brown trails at the entrances of their "homes". We have tried "over the counter" pest sprays which works for a while. Our neighbors have also suggested leaving a 2-liter bottle of soda open, with a little soda in the bottom, and letting the bees fly in. They apparently are unable to fly out. What is the best way to get rid of them? Are they as bad as termites? It might help you to know that our homes are fairly close to each other and the bees occupy houses on either side of me as well. Which makes it hard to get rid of them completely!