It’s that time year when the birds and the bees start their hunt for flowers to nibble at and spread the pollen so nicely as a part of their ecosystem. These creatures are such an important part of our global ecosystem that we need to safeguard them so to keep it healthy and thriving. Unfortunately, sometimes bees, such as the carpenter bee, can become a problem for homeowners. The damage that carpenter bees can cause can be widespread and continue year after year if treatment is not provided.
Carpenter bees make their nests in wood, which may mean an old tree stump, logs, or wooded areas around your home. It may also mean that these bees could target your home. Specifically they tend to target wood that is untreated, such decks, porches, outbuildings, sheds, outside steps, fences, and other external structures.
When carpenter bees make a nest in the wood around your home, they prefer to tunnel upwards into wood. These tunnels go up a couple inches and then take a turn to follow the grain of the wood. This is usually horizontal to the ground. Each tunnel is only a foot or two in length and the carpenter bees don’t actually eat the wood. Rather, they tunnel it out so as to have nesting space. If you have multiple carpenter bees or those that make return visit year after year, there can be significant damage made by the holes – about the size of a nickel – and the hollowed-out tunnels. Here are some of the damage that can occur.
- Wooden steps and railings can lose their integrity if the carpenter bees tunnel multiple times in the same area. After significant damage, the steps and railing can snap.
- Support beams around decks and sheds can begin to warp and “give” if the bees target an area around the beam.
- If the bees tunnel around windows or door frames, these can also bend and potentially break.
Look for small holes in your wood about the size of a nickel and for bees that resemble bumble bees around your home. If you suspect that you may have carpenter bees, call us for treatment. Contact Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected and treated.