Save the Honey Bees! The Carpenter Bees – Not So Much
They both fly and sport fuzzy yellow and black bodies, but that’s about where the similarities between honey bees and carpenter bees end. In fact, these buzzing insects are quite different, with the most notable variance being that one is extremely beneficial and the other highly destructive. Here’s everything you need to know about these bees, as well as what to do if they’ve become unwanted guests at your house.
Honey bees are a vitally important part of our ecosystem, pollinating plants that provide us food and oxygen. In fact, bees (not just honey bees, but all bees) are so important that, without them, humans would struggle to survive. Out of all the bee species, it is the honey bee that receives the most special treatment, though. These bees are smaller and have slimmer bodies than their counterparts. They live in hives that can number in the tens of thousands. While there are some wild colonies out there, most hives are under the care of a beekeeper. Honey bees are not typically considered a nuisance, as they are not destructive and wild colonies are not usually found near homes.
Like honey bees, carpenter bees play an important role in pollinating plants. Unlike honey bees, however, carpenter bees can be very destructive, and you definitely don’t want them setting up residence at your house. Carpenter bees are large and fuzzy, measuring up to an inch in length. They are easily mistaken for bumblebees, but you can tell the difference by the hairless and shiny black abdomen of the carpenter bee. These bees are social and live in nests, which they create by boring perfectly round holes into trees and untreated wood. Unfortunately for many homeowners, the eaves of a house are an enticing place for carpenter bees to build their nests. While the bees don’t eat the wood, they will tunnel through it in a number of areas to extend their nests. Over time, this can destroy the structural integrity of a building, resulting in costly repairs or even irreparable damage.
The type of bee will determine which course of action is necessary. If there is a honey bee hive near you that needs to be removed, contact a bee keeper rather than an exterminator. A bee keeper will move the hive to a safe location without harming the bees. However, if you are dealing with carpenter bees, an exterminator is the person to call. Insecticides are applied to active nests to kill the bees, and then the holes are plugged to prevent other carpenter bees from moving in. If you are having problems with bees, give us a call at 508-626-2847 or visit us online today.