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How To Identify A Carpenter Bee Infestation

Appearance - There are two primary types of carpenter bees in North America, large and small. The larger bees are more often the ones causing damage for property owners and are slightly less than an inch in size. They are often confused with bumble bees due to their size and hairy upper bodies. The carpenter bee has a black, shiny lower body, unlike a bumble bee which has a hairy bottom.

Behavior- Carpenter bees hollow out wood to form their new homes, often in the wood siding of your home. It is not uncommon for carpenter bees to use pre-existing tunnels rather than create new ones. Often damage occurs above the first level of your residence in the form of perfectly shaped holes in the siding. Carpenter bees do not eat wood and will leave wood bits and dust behind as a sign of their current residence in your walls where they will seek shelter and have their young. Male carpenter bees will not sting but are known to aggressively “dive bomb” perceived threats to the nest.

Why You Might Have Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees seek out dry wood to live in. The wood of house siding, door trim, and window sills are good homes, as well as many other worn or unpainted wooden surfaces. carpenter bees set their sights high, so if you live near or own a home that has multiple stories, carpenter bees will most likely burrow on the second floor - for their own safety.

Reasons To Treat Your Carpenter Bee Problem Immediately

Carpenter bee activity tends to be a nuisance and a threat to your residence. Too many carpenter bees burrowing at once can cause costly structural and aesthetic damage to the side of your home. Woodpeckers will often peck into house siding seeking carpenter bee larvae for food. While they do not sting, male carpenter bees are territorial. Female carpenter bees can sting if provoked which can be a danger to your family and pets.

Call us today for carpenter bee control, so you and your family can rest assured your home will be safe.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

The good news is that carpenter bees are not aggressive. They are actually fairly comfortable buzzing around and leaving humans alone. You are more likely to see them fighting each other. Yet, you don't want to let carpenter bees stick around your house. They live in wood, which can cause some unsightly damage to your home's exterior.

Understanding how to spot this flying pest and get rid of them is an important part of carpenter bee control.

How to Identify a Carpenter Bee Problem

A carpenter bee problem is fairly easy to identify. The following signs are extremely common.

  1. You see their holes in the exterior of your home.

    Carpenter bee holes are circular and will appear on wood surfaces. Homes, particularly at risk for carpenter bee infestation, are those with wooden exteriors. Female carpenter bees are the ones who drill the holes. They bore straight up into the wood. There will only be one hole per bee. But, many bees can live in the same area, so your home can become pockmarked with these holes.

    In addition to the holes, carpenter bees will leave sawdust remains underneath their holes. This is caused by the boring process.

  2. You see the carpenter bees themselves.
    In addition to seeing the damage they cause; it is very common to see carpenter bees. They are large bees. In fact, they are often mistaken for bumblebees. However, bumblebees do not live or fly near the wooden parts of your home. Carpenter bees also have completely black bodies from their middle to their tail. Bumblebees have stripes down their bodies.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees do not eat wood. Like other bees, they subsist on pollen. But they can cause a lot of damage to the exterior of your home. If there are too many carpenter bee holes in a single location—such as under the eaves—sections may have structural damage.

You don't want to let a carpenter bee infestation get that out of hand. Instead, follow these steps to remove carpenter bees from your property.

  1. Purchase carpenter bee homes.
    This solution works better for prevention but can be a good option. Carpenter bee homes can be purchased in most stores. They provide pre-drilled wood for the bees to live in. By hanging these homes away from your house, you may be able to lure the carpenter bees to a safe location.
  2. Use traps.
    Carpenter bee traps are made to allow the bees to fly in, but not out. You can purchase carpenter bee-specific traps. These are not long-term solutions, but they may be able to help.
  3. Use sprays.
    There are multiple sprays you can use to remove carpenter bees from your property. Most sprays work as a good natural deterrent. However, they may not help an existing carpenter bee problem.
  4. Try blasting loud music.
    Make sure your neighbors are on board with this solution before you try it. But there is some evidence that carpenter bees are affected by loud noises. The vibrations may convince them to leave your home.
  5. Hire a professional exterminator.
    By far the most likely solution to work long term is hiring an exterminator. These professionals have the tools and equipment needed to remove existing carpenter bees and prevent their return. GoLocal Pest Control can connect you with the best carpenter bee removal in your area.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Pest Control Service?

When you're looking to hire a pest control service (aka exterminator), you can expect to pay anywhere from $110 to $290 per treatment.

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