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.
When you see large, round bees hovering around outside close to homes, these are known as carpenter bees. Although these bees are a common sight when it’s warm out, having them buzzing around the exterior of your home could mean that you have an infestation. Since these bees can damage your home, it’s important to learn more about them and know what to do if you have a carpenter bee problem. Keep the following information about these bees in mind this summer.
They Prefer Untreated Wood
Carpenter bees make their nests inside wood structures, such as home exteriors, sheds, benches and fences. However, not all structures attract these insects. Carpenter bees prefer boring into wood that’s untreated rather than wood that is painted or treated. If you have wood surfaces that have not been treated, you might end up having a carpenter bee problem if these bugs decide to nest on your property.
They Can Cause Structural Damage
Carpenter bees aren't the same as termites. They don’t eat wood, but they can make several holes in wood surfaces in order to dig tunnels and set up their nests. While the holes they make might not start out large, they can become bigger if these bees keep using them year after year. The tunnels and nests they build can also cause structural damage to homes and other wood structures, which can end up costing a considerable amount of money to fix.
They Rarely Sting
Are carpenter bees dangerous in terms of stinging? These bees aren't as much of a threat as other bee species or some wasp species. In fact, none of the males have a stinger, although they might dive toward you if you approach their territory. Females have stingers, but they rarely use them. Female carpenter bees generally only sting if they’re provoked, such as if you try to handle them. If you’re allergic to bees, carpenter bees aren't as big of a concern as more aggressive species.
They Bore Into Wood
Carpenter bees create their tunnels and nests by boring into wood. Their wood-boring behavior creates smooth, circular holes in surfaces, which can cause an unsightly appearance on home exteriors. These bees might also leave stains on wood surfaces, resulting in an even more unsightly appearance. If you see these bees, which are large and have a hairless abdomen, flying around your home’s exterior or crawling in and out of it, look for holes and other signs of damage. If you do have a problem with these bees, it’s important to have professional pest control company take a look at your property and get rid of these bugs.
If you have carpenter bees making holes in your home exterior, please contact us at Perfection Pest Control. Our pest control experts know how to safely eliminate carpenter bees before they can further damage your home.