Carpenter bees

June 2, 2015 12:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Spring and summer are such wonderful times to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you have been working hard to nurture your lawn and garden.  Nothing can ruin that feeling more than finding unwanted pests damaging your lawn, garden or worse, your home.  This weeks blog we will be discussing one such pest – the carpenter bee,  including:  identification, behavior and treatment.

For most of us, bees are just a nuisance to be avoided,  but for individuals who suffer from severe allergic reactions to bee stings, having these pests in the yard is much more than a nuisance, it can be a real danger.

Identification – Carpenter bees, along with bumble bees,  are  the largest native bees in the United States. There are numerous species of carpenter bees that inhabit a broad range of ecosystems from tropical to subtropical to temperate. Carpenter bees are very often mistaken for bumble bees in that they resemble bumblebees.  They are rather large and mostly black but carpenter bees don’t have the yellow markings. They may show aggressive behaviors by darting or hovering around you.  Male carpenter bees will not sting you but a female one can pack a punch!

Behavior – Carpenter bees get their name from the main behavior they partake in – boring holes in wood  to make nests to lay their eggs.  They create galleries to lay their eggs in almost any wood they can find but especially like door and window frames, eaves, under decks and wooden outdoor furniture.  You can actually hear them inside the wood.  It is most likely the chewing of the wood that you are hearing.  You will possibly notice a completely round half inch hole for the entrance to the gallery. Carpenter bees, if allowed to dig their tunnels year after year, can do some real damage to your home.

Treatment – Given that most of the damage is inside the wooden structure and homeowners have no idea how extensive it may be, it is a good idea to contact an experienced pest management company like Pest-End with years of experience eliminating these types of pests.  Pest-End will be able to identify and chemically treat the area to eliminate the problem.

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