Have you ever been walking around on your deck and had a big, juicy bee swoop down at you like a B-52 Bomber? There’s a good chance you’re encountering a carpenter bee protecting its “nest,” which is really YOUR wood. No need to create a fuss yet though, male carpenter bees are unable to sting and are just trying to scare you off… and while females can sting, they rarely do. While very similar in size and appearance to bumblebees, they can be distinguished by their shiny black abdomens and lack of hair and are usually seen flying near eaves of homes or around decking in a fast jerking manner. Ultimately though, their dead give-away characteristic (and reason for their name) is the ½ inch perfectly round hole they “drill” into your wood, as well as the sawdust they leave behind!
If they rarely sting, then why should I even bother them? While it is true they usually only sting if extremely threatened, the real concern with carpenter bees is the susceptible structural integrity of your wood. After these bees carve their initial entry hole about 1 in. into your wood, they take a 90° turn and begin tunneling out wood to create individual chambers for their young. Every spring the new brood of carpenters emerges from the wood and each female begins to either create a whole new tunnel of their own or reuse old tunnels, going deeper into the wood each time! This loss of strength could cause serious concerns for wood supporting decks and patios. Over many years of activity, older houses in mountain environments have even been known to partially collapse due to the structural weakening caused by the tunnels! For Carpenter Bee damage….it’s what you don’t see that can hurt you!
Well, I don’t want that. Let’s get rid of them! That’s a great idea! Because no wood is safe from carpenter bees, contacting Budget Pest control Inc. for Carpenter Bee Service is a smart first step. Our fully trained, experienced technicians along with our state on the art trucks, equipment and materials will eradicate these flying drillmasters for good, allowing you and your home to get your life back to normal… bee free!
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- Most carpenter bees are often unable to recognize suitable wood to bore into if it has been covered with a thick coat of paint or lacquer, but some subspecies can still detect the soft wood underneath.
- When female carpenter bees sting, their venom sack will actually detach with their stinger in whatever it becomes lodged in. Once this happens, you will need to remove the stinger manually, which can cause further pain and envenoming if you squeeze the venom sack.
FACT: Only female carpenter bees can sting, and it is even rare that they will unless handled in an unnecessarily rough manner. Carpenter bees are very passive insects, by nature, and will only lash out if aggressively disturbed.
MYTH: Carpenter bees eat whatever wood they burrow into.
FACT: Carpenter bees, just like carpenter ants, will typically discard any wood they’ve burrowed through. On some occasions, they will use this wood to create small partitions in the nests they’ve made.
- A structure that carpenter bees have infested will have several telltale signs of infestation, the most popular of these being the perfectly circular holes they’ve bored into soft wood to nest in. These holes are usually about 3/8 of an inch in diameter, will follow a straight path for a short distance then typically bow out at a 90 degree angle to one side, where the bee has created substrates to this new home.
- Another sign of infestation is a triangular spray of fecal matter below an area that has been bored into. This fecal matter is usually a deep yellow-brown in color and, depending on the size of infestation, can reach great distances from the entry point.
- If you’re located in close enough proximity to a nest, you may actually be able to hear the bees generating a low-frequency humming noise, which is them attempting to regulate the temperature by vibrating within the nest.