There has been a lot of news lately about the importance of allowing bees to pollinate plants around your home. But what do you do when those bees become aggressive and begin to bore holes in your deck, eaves or other wooden surfaces?
The first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of bees are terrorizing your home and family. Unlike bumblebees and honeybees, this variety of bee does not build hives, which makes relocating them a bit easier. They are still important to the environment though, so you don’t want to kill them; just get them to go find another place to lay their eggs.
Carpenter bees, can become a real pest, ruining the wood around your home and drilling tunnels as long as 10 feet into your wooden siding, roofing and eaves. No untreated wood is safe around the carpenter bee, they will go for anything including decks, railings, porches, fencing, furniture and more. This, of course, can cost you thousands in repairs!
Do Carpenter Bees Eat Wood?
If you have ever watched a carpenter bee working to dig tunnels in a piece of wood, you may have thought it was eating it. This is not true. The bee is actually carving out a space for the female to lay her eggs. By drilling deep into the wood, they create a safe nesting area to lay multiple eggs. And when a carpenter bee finds a safe place to bore, they will come back year after year to continue their work there. Over time, their drilling will destroy the wood.
Signs That You have Carpenter Bees
There are plenty of ways to detect carpenter bees. For one, you can hear them buzzing. While boring through wood they can become very noisy, often sounding like a buzz saw. Plus, you will notice them flying in and out of the holes. Here are a few more signs of their existence:
- Sawdust around affected areas
- Holes about ½ inch wide in the wood around your home
- Bees flitting around the holes (these are the males protecting his family)
What Do They Look Like?
It can be hard to tell what kind of bee is whirling around your head when you come face to face with them. While carpenter bees look a lot like honeybees and bumblebees, they lack the telltale yellow stripe on their backs. Instead, this variety features a shiny black back with little hair and they tend to be larger than other bees.
Fun Facts About Carpenter Bees
What else do you know about carpenter bees? Here are a few facts that may interest you:
- Males do not sting, but females will if provoked
- Carpenter bees do not eat wood; they eat pollen and nectar
- They measure ½ to 1 inch long
- Carpenter bees can bore tunnels as long as 10 feet
- They resemble bumblebees but are much larger
- Carpenter bees will return to the same spot year after year
- They do not live in nests or colonies
- They buzz loudly while drilling into wood
How Do You Get Rid of Carpenter Bees?
Dealing with these pests is best handled by a professional who knows how to get rid of them safely – for you, your home and the environment. If carpenter bees have infiltrated your home, call the pros at Perfection Pest Control today for a consultation.