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Identifying Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are a solitary species that is larger than many others. The largest carpenter bees may reach up to 1 and ½ inches in length. In terms of appearance, males are black and orange, but females are solely black. It is easy for people to confuse carpenter bees with bumblebees because they look the same. However, they’re not. Carpenter bees have a shiny stomach and bumblebees have a hairy stomach.
Why Are Carpenter Bees On My Property?
If you have carpenter bees on your property, you likely have untreated softwood nearby. Carpenter bees are overwintering pests that build nests in unstained, unpainted, and weathered softwoods. Then, they’ll use these nests to survive during the winter. Their nests are found in the tunnels they’ve built in the wood. Carpenter bee nests are typically found near decks, sheds, and boards. Breeding carpenter bee pairs can return to the same spot several years in a roll, so the problem will quickly compound.
Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?
The danger of the carpenter bee depends on its gender. Male carpenter bees are aggressive and will try to defend their nest. However, male carpenter bees do not have stingers. On the flip side, female carpenter bees have stingers but they’re not aggressive. Don’t handle or threaten them and you shouldn’t have to worry about getting stung. If you are stung, you may experience an allergic reaction to the bee’s venom. Another problem with carpenter bees is that their larvae will attract woodpeckers which will damage your home further.
Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees
Before you can get rid of carpenter bees, you’ll need to treat each tunnel in the bee’s network. If one is missed, the colony will recover, and the problem will quickly worsen. Our company offers residential pest management services so we can treat and remedy this problem for you rapidly.
Can I Eliminate Carpenter Bees Myself?
You can try getting rid of carpenter bees yourself, but it might not work. There are two problems you’ll face. First, you have to worry about the safety of these products. They’re dangerous when used incorrectly. Plus, you need to be cautious or you’ll get stung.
Is Your Carpenter Bee Treatment Safe?
Yes. We strive to provide our clients with safer solutions. Our exterminators abide by strict protocols to guarantee that the client will stay safe. In addition to this, we use EPA-registered products.
How Can I Prevent Future Carpenter Bee Infestations?
Do you want to keep carpenter bees away from your home? The best way to do that is by treating all of the wood surfaces around your home. Paint or stain the wood to minimize the risks involved.
When Can You Begin?
Contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled exterminators. They’ll respond to your home in 24 to 48 hours.
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