Understanding Carpenter Bees

You may think of bees as simply another warm weather nuisance that must be tolerated. Unfortunately, some bees can be far worse than that, though. Carpenter bees can be wood destroying pests that could put your garage or home at risk, leaving you to pick up the pieces once they’re gone.

An Overview

Carpenter-Bee-BurrowingCarpenter bees look a lot like bumble bees, but upon closer inspection, you may notice that the upper surface of their middle sections is completely bare and typically black. The similarities to other kinds of bees ends there, too. While bumble bees will nest in the ground and honey bees will build a hive, carpenter bees are on the hunt for bare, unpainted, or badly weathered wood that is soft. They’re looking for a great place to tunnel so they can lay their eggs, and they’re likely to target the eaves of your home, your window trim, or even your siding to get what they want.

They’ll even overwinter in abandoned nest tunnels, then head out in the spring to find new spaces to lay eggs. If you happen to see a carpenter bee nest, you’re going to notice a perfectly round hole about the size of your finger. You can often see coarse sawdust underneath the hole, and you may even hear them burrowing into the wood below. If the nesting site is used repeatedly, the damage to the wood of your home or garage can be considerable.

DIY Treatments

Handling a carpenter bee problem on your own is nothing short of impossible. They can be seriously difficult to get rid of, and simply applying the first spray you see on hardware store shelves isn’t going to cut it. Instead, you need professional help right away to protect your home. If you suspect you have a carpenter bee problem, give us a call today.


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