Although carpenter bees are considered very important for the pollination of trees and flowers, they can be a real nuisance in and around your home. Carpenter bees are generally harmless to humans, but they can cause damage to structural wood elements.
Carpenter bees range from 3/4 to 1 inch long and can often be detected hovering around the outside of your home. They resemble bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is hairless, black and shiny. Carpenter bees generally tunnel into wood to lay their eggs, creating “gallery” like damage to wood. Common nesting sites are generally on the exterior and include fascia boards, eaves, window trim, deck posts and rails as well as wooden outdoor furniture.
Identifying Carpenter Bees in or Around Your Home
- Erratic Flying – Male carpenter bees are very territorial and fly erratically around humans to protect their nests.
- Noise – Carpenter bees emit a sound similar to that of bumble bees.
- Yellow/Brown Stains – This is caused by excrement deposited below entry holes into wood.
- Damaged Wood – Carpenter bees do not eat wood, they excavate it to build their nests. Look for nearly perfectly round 1/2 inch holes in wood, with piles of sawdust underneath the opening.
- Stings – The females are able to sting but will usually only do so if intimidated.
Carpenter Bee Control
You can take preventive measures to deter carpenter bee activity at your home through the following measures:
- Ongoing maintenance, including painting or varnishing exposed wood surfaces.
- Removing weathered or decayed wood exposed on the exterior of the building.
- Using pressure-treated wood at exterior areas of the structure that are consistently exposed to moisture.
- Capping exposed wood with vinyl or aluminium.
How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees
Gaining access to and treating carpenter bee activity can be challenging, and it is recommended to seek out professional pest control services to deal with carpenter bee problems.
Aerex Has the Solution
Aerex technicians understand the habits of carpenter bees and use that knowledge when developing a control program, which is best suited to your home and your particular carpenter bee problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators.
At Aerex we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. All appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you. Call us for a free consultation at 847-255-8888.
Did you know
Carpenter bees, also dubbed the ‘wood boring bee’, got their name from their ability to drill through wood and nest inside the hole that they drilled. Carpenter Bees are some of the most amazing bees in the world due to the fact that their hole is almost always nearly perfectly the same size: a half of an inch in diameter.