The Problem With Carpenter Bees On Your Fayetteville Property

March 15, 2021

When it comes to pests, here in Fayetteville, few are as unwelcome as bees. Sure, they are beneficial to the ecosystem, but they can also sting which can be painful and even dangerous in some instances. However, what if there were a bee species that wasn’t so much dangerous as it was destructive? Well, if you have carpenter bees on your Fayetteville property, that’s exactly what you are dealing with. Carpenter bees are a species of bees that build their nests inside of wood. In doing so they can cause all sorts of damage to homes and other wooden structures. As such, it’s important for you to know what you can do to limit your home’s exposure to these destructive pests. Furthermore, if you do find yourself dealing with a carpenter bee infestation, you need to know the solutions you can count on remedy the problem.

a carpenter bee on a flower

What Are Carpenter Bees?

Carpenter bees are bees that build their nests inside of wood. They have oval bodies that are usually yellow and black in color. Because of this, many people confuse them with bumblebees. However, they do not have the same yellow markings on their abdomens that bumblebees have. Furthermore, unlike bumblebees, their abdomens are smooth as opposed to hairy. 

Additionally, unlike bumblebees and honey bees, carpenter bees are solitary creatures which mean they live on their own. You can identify them by the round and smooth holes that they bore into wood. Usually, these holes will appear on unpainted and unfinished wood. Male carpenter bees will use these bored-galleries as their nests while females will use them to lay their larvae. 

Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?

Carpenter bees are not so much dangerous as they are destructive. In fact, male carpenter bees are not even able to sting. Female carpenter bees can sting, but they do so only rarely and only after provocation. However, just because they aren’t dangerous that doesn’t mean carpenter bees can’t cause harm; only the threat is to your property rather than you. Carpenter bees can destroy wooden structures, fences, porches, siding, and just about any structural wood if they get inside your home. What’s worse, carpenter bees will continue to create more nests over time which means more destruction to your property. 

How To Prevent Carpenter Bees?

There are a few steps you can take to keep carpenter bees away from your Fayetteville property. These include making the wood less accessible to them and sealing off potential entry points into your home. To achieve these, you need to:

  • Make sure all wooden structures around your property are painted or stained to help prevent carpenter bee damage.
  • Fill in cracks in your home’s foundation with caulk.
  • Seal off holes around your home’s exterior such as around vents, pipes, and utility lines.
  • Install screens in all windows and exterior doors.
  • Make sure all existing screens are not ripped or torn.
  • Install weather-stripping around windows and exterior doors.

How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees?

In the unfortunate circumstance that you find yourself dealing with a carpenter bee infestation on your Fayetteville property, contact the professionals here at Ennis Exterminating right away for assistance. Not only will we effectively eliminate any carpenter bee infestation with which you are dealing, but if you should sign up for one of our ongoing pest control plans, we will make sure your property is protected from pests all year long. Don’t let carpenter bees destroy your property and cost you money. Give us a call today to get started with a pest control program that works for you.

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