carpenter bee

If it is that time of the year, Carpenter Bees can drive you nuts!  Many people declare war on these insects by getting their tennis racquets out and swinging away!  However, we have less physically combative options, when it comes to controlling a Carpenter Bee situation.

We can strategically install mechanical measures to trap the bees.  These have proven to us, over time, to be highly effective.  We install and maintain them, so you do not have to worry about it at all.  We can also use residual pesticides to prevent further damage while the traps collect the pests.

CARPENTER BEE Q&A

What is a carpenter bee?

Carpenter bees are a solitary bee species that can be overwhelming in the State of Georgia.  They bore holes in bare, unpainted softwoods to lay their eggs in and nest in over the winter months.  Contrary to popular belief, they do not eat the wood.  They consume pollen.

What do they look like?

They are a large species of bee (pictured above), that can grow in length from ½ an inch to 1 ½ inches in length.  They are often mistaken for bumble bees, but do not have a hairy abdomen.  Their belly is black and shiny.

Do carpenter bees sting?

Carpenter bees typically do not sting or bite.  The female does have a stinger but will only sting if directly handled; the female is not generally aggressive.

Because they can sting there is a possibility that a person could have a mild or severe allergic reaction from their sting.  Medical attention may be necessary if stung by a carpenter bee.

What are the signs of a carpenter bee problem?

There are many signs that you may notice if carpenter bees are present on your property including:

  • Holes that are about ½ of an inch in diameter in wood that is unfinished, weathered or bare.
  • Piles of saw dust under the holes.
  • Males are aggressive and will protect their nest, so you will see them flying around the holes.
  • There may be yellow staining from their fecal matter underneath the hole.

Why do I have a Carpenter Bee problem?

Since Carpenter bees are attracted to unpainted, unstained, weathered softwoods a simple way to prevent this is to paint or stain softwoods or avoid soft wood in general.

How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

The problem with carpenter bees is that they will often come back to the same place year after year to nest and can create enough holes and tunnels to weaken the structure of your home.  We have both chemical-free measures we can implement as well as standard residual pesticide application & exclusion measures.   Call us we can help!

How can I prevent them?

Since carpenter bees do not like creating holes in treated wood, painting or staining your decks, porch or shed is a good way to prevent them.  Also building your structure out of hard wood instead of softwood is a good way to deter them from using your property as a nesting spot.  Keep in mind there is no guarantee that any measures will 100% end the problem.  But every step taken to prevent – helps!

Call us, let’s discuss your specific situation and we will come up with a plan that is best suited for your situation.  Let us bring peace to this situation.

 

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