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Carpenter Bee Control & Removal Services

Carpenter bees can be very beneficial to the environment as they aid in the pollination of crops and plants. Though they have many positive qualities, males tend to be very territorial of nests. Luckily, these insects do not have stingers and must resort to aggressively flying toward and around potential threats. Females do have stingers, but they only attack when handled.

Appearance

Similar in appearance to bumble bees, these pests are approximately one-half to one inch long with black and yellow markings. In contrast, carpenter bees’ abdomens are typically a hairless and shiny black. Additionally, males have small patches of white located below their antennae and between their eyes.

Diet

Though many homeowners suspect that the carpenter bee feeds on wood, the pest actually does not. These insects receive nourishment solely from the nectar and pollen of flowers and other plants.

Habitat

Since carpenter bees overwinter and emerge in the spring, they tend to come back to the same nest every year. As their name suggests, these insects like to tunnel inside wood. Homes make the perfect retreat, as there are plenty of places to start a colony. From sheds and garages to porches and trim, these pests will find shelter in any wood.

Entry into Homes or Yards

Since these pests are partial to wood, they can enter homes and garages through siding. However, roofs and eaves of residences are the main point of entry for carpenter bees.

Problems & Damage

Carpenter bees dig tunnels into wood in order to create shelter for their eggs. This behavior can cause immense damage to wooden structures around homes. Homeowners may be alerted to aninfestation by perfectly round, half-inch holes in wood with piles of sawdust underneath. Additionally, waste materials can be seen on the outside of their nests. Left untreated, this substance can warp into mold and stain.

Prevention & Exclusion

This specific insect pest has a preference for untreated and unfinished wooden structures. Therefore, homeowners can prevent carpenter bee infestations by ensuring all exterior wood is painted and finished. Another step residents can take to avoid these pests from entering homes is filling unoccupied holes in wood by using steel wool and caulk.

If carpenter bee infestations increase and become a severe problem, other measures can be taken. Since these pests overwinter and do not return until spring, homeowners may have their wood treated with insecticides before the warm season arrives.

Control & Removal

Trapping carpenter bees can be a difficult task because the females are likely to sting when nests are disturbed. This can cause severe pain and allergic reactions. The best way to handle infestations is by contacting professionals that are trained to quickly and effectively eliminate pests. The licensed specialists at Trutech will safely remove carpenter bees from homes and can offer solutions for preventing future problems.