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.
If you spot a pest in or near your home, your first thought is probably, "How am I going to deal with this?" Grabbing bug spray or buying some bait traps from the store are common decisions. However, if pests are living inside your house, or if you spot serious pest issues like mosquito problems or termite damage, you shouldn't deal with the issue alone. Here are the top reasons why it's best to call in a pest control professional for these situations.
Homeowners Don't Always Know What the Problem Is
Pest problems can be difficult to diagnose without professional training. Some termite signs are easy to see, but would you recognize signs of other pests like carpenter ants? Can you tell if those droppings are from a rat or a squirrel? Are those bugs the sign of a nearby nest, or are they encroaching from farther away? Is that shredded cardboard the work of a rodent or a raccoon? You can quickly see how professionals can provide the necessary guidance to get to the root of a problem.
Professionals Have Advanced Technology and Experience
Professionals have access to important tools like thermal imaging cameras that can spot masses of bugs in the walls and locate where a specific problem is based on a few signs. These devices and others like them give pest control companies an edge in identifying issues and treating them effectively. Even if homeowners had access to this technology, they don't have the necessary training to use it.
Professionals Have Access to Targeted Pesticides and Know How to Use Them Safely
Professionals often have access to traps and pesticides that aren't available at the local department store. Even more importantly, they know how to use these solutions in effective ways around your home while also keeping your plants, kids and pets protected. Misuse of pesticides can cause serious health concerns and other issues. When dealing with a large pest threat, it's important to find someone with the right training to use pesticides and other methods of dealing with it.
Professionals Aim to Treat Infestations at the Source
This problem occurs when homeowners treat the problem they see with a DIY solution. Professionals, however, can help find the source of the issue, such as a termite colony underneath your porch, or a hole in your attic where pests are getting through. This allows for a much more effective treatment and helps homeowners save significant money in the long run.
If you are ready, schedule your inspection with us today at Perfection Pest Control! We use advanced technology and experience to uncover any pest problems around your property and suggest the most effective means of dealing with it.