carpenter bee on flower in fayetteville georgia

What are carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees are large solitary bees that, at a glance, look similar to and are often mistaken for bumblebees. The most significant difference between the two species is that the bumblebee’s body is completely covered in hair, while the carpenter bee has a shiny, black abdomen that lacks hair.

a carpenter bee in a flower in fayetteville georgia

Carpenter bees are mostly black, with males having a white or yellow face. You can also identify these pests by the round, smooth holes they create in pieces of wood. Finding their nest’s entrance holes on your home’s exterior or wooden structures in your yard indicates that these pests are present.

Are carpenter bees dangerous?

Like other types of bees, carpenter bees are a type of stinging insect and can deliver painful stings that can trigger allergic reactions. However, there are a few important things to note. Male carpenter bees may be aggressive, but they lack a stinger. They will fly around your head and make a show, but they are unable to sting. Female carpenter bees do have stingers, but they are very docile and typically only sting when directly threatened.

The more significant concern when it comes to carpenter bees is the structural damage they cause. In order to create its nest, the female carpenter bee makes a hole the diameter of its body in a suitable piece of wood. It tunnels through the wood and creates galleries to lay its eggs. Females build individual nests, but many females return to the same nesting sites year after year, adding to the structural damage they generate.

Another problem with having carpenter bees nesting on your property is that they attract woodpeckers. Woodpeckers love to feed on their larvae and peck around the nest entrance holes to gain access, causing even more unsightly damage.

Why do I have a carpenter bee problem?

Like any opportunistic pest, carpenter bees will make themselves at home on any property that provides them with a safe place to nest and forage for food. Carpenter bees do not feed on the wood as they tunnel through it; like other stinging insects, they feed on plant nectar. Georgia properties with lots of flowering trees and wood where they can create their nests attract carpenter bees.

Where will I find carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees prefer to build their nests in untreated softwood (cedar, cypress, and pine). In our yards, things like fences, decks, porch steps, wooden play structures, and wooden outdoor furniture make suitable nesting spots for carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are outdoor pests, and while they don’t usually enter into our homes to nest, they will create nests on its exterior, in shingles, siding, roof soffits, and wood trim.

How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

At Ennis Exterminating, we are a locally owned and operated company, which gives us a deep understanding of the pest problems that plague Georgia residents on a regular basis.

We know how damaging carpenter bees can be and that having them return to your property year after year is very frustrating. To combat these pests, our skilled and experienced team of pest professionals will perform effective treatments and the follow-up services necessary to ensure your property stays free of these damaging pests.

Whether you are looking for a one-time treatment or the benefits of recurring services, we can help! If you live in Fayetteville or surrounding cities, call today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

How can I prevent carpenter bees in the future?

Carpenter bees will think twice about using your property as a place to nest after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:

  • Varnish or paint the wood of your home and wooden structures on your property to make them less attractive to carpenter bees. These pests prefer to nest in older or untreated wood.
  • Remove things like fallen trees, old fences, and play structures from your yard that attract nesting carpenter bees.
  • Caulk gaps or cracks in your home’s exterior where carpenter bees could create a nest like eaves, soffits, and wood trim.
  • Place metal flashing on the ends of porch or deck rails.
  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation planted near your home’s exterior.
 

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