The Hard Working Carpenter Bee And Your Home’s Vulnerable Wood

The Carpenter Bee sounds pretty innocent. The truth is they’ll rarely aim to sting a human or animal, unless thoroughly provoked. Yet they do pose a danger, and the clue is in their name.

carpenter bee 1Hard-working carpenters, these bees will build their nests in unfinished wood. Turning themselves into a veritable whittling knife, the bees will vibrate themselves so that their mandibles whittle away the wood in front of them. Females will bore perfectly round holes of 1/4 inch diameter, and then carve out a nest within the wood. They’re particularly difficult to access because after the initial bore-hole, Carpenter Bees make a 90-degree turn before carving out their nest galleries.

In fact, always be happy when you hear a woodpecker, so long as it’s not drilling into your home. When you see a woodpecker drilling into a tree, one of their favorite insects to find and eat are carpenter bees and their larvae.

Carpenter Bees are relatively solitary, which means they won’t all cohabitate a single hive. Instead, they will build several nest in loose local communities, meaning if one starts building a nest in or near your house, others may decide they like the neighborhood and do the same. They can create multiple problems in houses, and any structure with unfinished wood. That makes them a potential problem in barns, garages, decks, and porches. They can split eaves of your roof or ruin a section of wall, siding, or even outdoor furniture. Because of their specificity, they can create specific damage in hard-to-replace areas.

Give us a call so we can survey the damage past these bore holes without having to tear apart your siding or eaves. Dealing with Carpenter Bees without causing further damage or causing them to become aggressive is key, and we’re experts at helping remove your problem in ways that are safe to both you and your home.

 

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