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Carpenter Bees 101: What to look for and what to do if you have carpenter bees!
Carpenter Bees and the animals that eat them, such as woodpeckers, can cause serious structural damage to your property! Of course, you might have a unique situation that you need guidance on so feel free to visit our Contact Us page if you have any questions that are not answered below.
How can I spot carpenter bees?
As seen in the image above, the most obvious signs of Carpenter Bees are the “Galleries” that they make where the females cut a 3/8 inch hole into wood and then make a 90° turn and tunnel back 8 to 10 inches for their galleries. Each female lay 8 to 10 larva in each gallery they make. To identify early damage to buildings, homeowners should regularly inspect the perimeter of the home and surrounding property for the presence of these holes and hovering bees. Many times these Carpenter Bees get very creative and hide their galleries between the gutters and the facia. Other favorite places are under handrails and behind electrical boxes. One of the best ways of finding these is to look for sawdust on handrails and the decks as shown in the photos above.
As for the bees themselves, Carpenter Bees look similar to bumble bees in appearance, but they lack yellow markings on their abdomens. Instead, carpenter bee abdomens are smooth and shiny. That’s where they get the nickname of Shiny Hineys, whereas bumble bees’ have hairy, yellow abdomens.
I have carpenter bees!!! What do I do?!
Give us a call! We have the knowledge to carefully inspect your property and to determine which treatment you need to exterminate and prevent these Carpenter Bees from damaging your property.
How do we treat for Carpenter Bees?
There are two different treatments according to what stage your activity is in and/or the time of the year. One is an extermination treatment and the other is a pre-treatment to prevent Carpenter Bees.
This treatment is necessary when finding active galleries (holes) in your wood or sawdust around your cabin. We use air guns to shoot a chemical dust into each gallery to eliminate any activity.
This is a process where we chemical treat the exterior of your wood to prevent the Carpenter Bee from eating the wood or even landing on it.
Do Carpenter Bees sting?
Male carpenter bees do not sting, but they are territorial and oftentimes are the gender that most people come into contact with. The males will hover closely to people, especially attracted to sudden movements, but do no more than create unnecessary fear. Female carpenter bees sting; however, it is on very rare occasions and requires provocation.
What kind of damage do Carpenter bees cause?
Carpenter bees drill holes into the wood on your property which can weaken the wood and compromise the structural integrity of the property depending on where the infestation is. Additionally, woodpeckers love to feed on carpenter bees and are known for damaging the wood structures that they think carpenter bees are infesting.
Do you have or suspect you have Carpenter Bees? Contact us!
If you have or think you have carpenter bees one of the worst things you can do is wait to get the problem taken care of! We pride ourselves on fast response times and unbeatable customer service with our 100% guarantee so if you think you have or know you have carpenter bees contact us so we can help!