Although carpenter bees are considered very important for the pollination of trees and flowers, they can be a real nuisance in and around your home. Carpenter Bees are generally harmless to humans but can cause damage to structural wood elements.
Carpenter bees emerge in the spring months to reproduce, build a nest and lay eggs.
Carpenter bees range from ¾ to 1 inch long and can often be detected hovering around the outside of your home. They resemble bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is hairless and shiny black.
A characteristic that differs from many other types of bees, Carpenter bees generally tunnel into wood to lay their eggs, creating “gallery” like damage to wood.
Common nesting sites are generally on the exterior and include fascia boards, eaves, window trim, deck posts and rails as well as wooden outdoor furniture.
You can take preventive measures to deter carpenter bee activity at your home, by:
How to get rid of carpenter bees?
Gaining access to and treating carpenter bee activity can be challenging and it is best to seek out professional pest control services to deal with menacing carpenter bee problems.
Do carpenter bees sting?
Unlike some types of wasps and hornets, Carpenter bees are solitary bees, so they do not live in colonies and will rarely sting humans. If you believe you or a family member is allergic to bee stings, exercise extreme caution around carpenter bees.
Do carpenter bees eat wood?
Carpenter bees do not eat wood. They excavate the wood to create chambers from where they can rear their offspring.
How do carpenter bees drill holes in wood?
Female carpenter bees will drill a circular hole in the wood typically half an inch wide. After initially boring the hole, the carpenter bee hole will turn at a right angle with the grain of the wood. The galleries the bees create can grow to 10 ft in length when drilled by multiple bees.
Ehrlich technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs, to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home. They also have respect for you, your home, your family and your time.
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