There are over 500 species of carpenter bees, but as a rule, they are generally large in size and solitary in nature. Their name is derived from the fact that almost all species build their nests in holes burrowed into wood and other structural timbers. This means that carpenter bees do not live in hives, but actually prefer to live alone or in small groups.
These are the bees you normally see hovering around roofs or the undersides of decks in the spring. However, these bees can still infiltrate houses, sheds, and other structures, because, even though they primarily nest alone, they frequently choose to nest in close proximity to one another. Carpenter bees generally have a black tail section; the yellow-faced variety is male, while the females have black faces.
Inspecting For Carpenter Bees
Because carpenter bees prefer to live alone or in small groups, one nest does not immediately cause any significant damage, nor would it necessarily even be noticeable to the untrained eye. Carpenter bees drill holes only a half of an inch in diameter, as they tunnel toward the spot in the wood where they will build their nests. As we previously mentioned, however, when carpenter bees nest, they generally do so in localized groups, and as the number of half-inch holes in any given surface increases, the structural integrity of that surface begins to break down. Your pest control inspector will start by looking for holes on any wood surface in and around your home, including siding, soffits, fence posts, fascia boards, overhangs, decks, and window frames.
Damage Caused By Carpenter Bees
While the damage is not particularly worrisome on its own, it can create serious problems over time if left untreated. Not only is there the potential for a large number of these bees to create tunnels and nests in the same piece of wood, thereby significantly weakening it, but more importantly, the holes left behind may cause damage after they are abandoned, as they are left exposed to wood-decaying fungi or attacks by other insects, such as the carpenter ant.
Treatment For Carpenter Bees
Eliminate ’Em Pest Control Services provides you with fast, professional, courteous service and licensed technicians to handle all of your bee control and extermination needs. If carpenter bees appear to be a concern, our team performs the following:
- Treating the site to prevent future nesting activity
- Perimeter treatments
- Sealing off any common sites or points to your home
- Capturing and relocating bees
- Reducing use of pesticides
- Repairs to areas damaged by carpenter bees.
Eliminate ’Em Pest Control Services offers same-day services and free estimates to eliminate carpenter bees. Professional technicians are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get rid of any insects, rodents, or wildlife that is causing damage or creating a nuisance in and around your home.