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Carpenter Bees – What Is It?
Carpenter bees are one of the largest, solitary species of bee. In terms of length, they may reach as large as 1 and ½ inches. Male carpenter bees are black and orange but females are completely black. While often mistaken for bumblebees, you can easily spot the difference. Carpenter bees have a black and shiny abdomen. As for bumblebees, their abdomen will be hairy.
What Causes Carpenter Bees?
These bees prefer nesting and overwintering in unpainted, untreated softwoods. They prefer this wood because it allows them to create tunnels through the wood to use for nesting purposes. Carpenter bees usually live on porches, decks, and sheds. While they do not eat the wood, they will still destroy it. They discard the wood but leave holes behind. You should be able to spot a carpenter bee nest by looking for small boreholes in your deck panels.
Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?
Male carpenter bees are certainly not dangerous since they do not have stingers. Nevertheless, they can be aggressive when you approach their nest. As for female carpenter bees, they do have a stinger but they usually won’t use it. Female carpenter bees are docile and will not sting unless you threaten or touch them. If you are stung, you may experience an allergic reaction due to the bee’s venom. Another problem with carpenter bees is the fact that they’ll attract woodpeckers. The tunnels left behind allow woodpeckers to feed on carpenter bee larvae. Woodpeckers will create even more damage to your property.
What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees?
Trying to eliminate a carpenter bee infestation is not easy because you’ll need to treat all tunnels. If you miss one, there is a risk that a re-infestation will occur. Our company believes in eliminating the problem completely. Our residential pest control services will eliminate your current infestation and try to prevent future carpenter bee infestations.
Can You Kill Carpenter Bees Without An Exterminator?
While you could try DIY techniques, they’re not recommended. The chemicals need to be properly used and placed. If they’re not, they’ll create a risk for you and your loved ones. Furthermore, you need to worry about getting stung and having an allergic reaction.
Are Your Treatment Options Safe?
Our company goes to great lengths to protect our clients, their loved ones, and their pets. We have implemented rigorous guidelines to ensure that our exterminators will keep you safe. Furthermore, we do not dangerous chemicals. Our EPA-registered products are safe and effective. Our thoroughly trained technicians will do their best to protect you.
Can I Stop Future Carpenter Bee Infestations?
You can reduce the likelihood of future carpenter bee infestations by treating wood outside of your home. Make sure it is painted or sealed.
When Can You Get Started?
Our company is going to rush to get to your home and fix the problem. While it depends on our current schedule, we’ll try to respond within 24 to 48 hours.
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