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What Is The Carpenter Bee?
With a name like a carpenter bee, you would assume that this is a flying stinging critter that likes wood. Well, if this is what you assumed, you would be partly right and that’s a good start. This is not, however, everything you need to know about the critter. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to dealing with them. The carpenter bee is a solitary critter, unlike other stinging critters, that can grow to be anywhere from ½ inch to 1 ½ inch in length. The males are black and orange while the females are solid black. These guys are oftentimes confused with the bumblebee but can be separately identified by looking at the abdomen. The carpenter bee’s abdomen is black and shiny whereas the bumblebee is hairy.
Why Are Carpenter Bees Near My Home?
If you have carpenter bees in your home there is only one explanation. It is, they are looking for shelter. Given their name, you’d think that their ideal location for shelter would be wood and wooden structures. Well, you would be right, but things are probably a little more different than you think. These critters might like wood, but it isn’t the good, intact wood they are after. These guys prefer unpainted, unstained, and weathered wood. They’ll build tunnels in their woof where they can breed and read their young. What’s even more interesting is these critters will return to the same nests over and over again every year. They might overwinter during the colder months, but when spring starts to come back around, they’ll make their way back to this nest.
Are Carpenter Bees A Threat?
Indeed, the males of this species do have a stinger, but they aren’t as aggressive as one would think. This is not to say they won’t sting because they certainly will. They just won’t do it until you get near their nests. Their nests are usually pretty identifiable because these guys will be outside them flying around. You make the mistake of getting too close and these guys will sting you. What’s even more troubling is, they do inject venom with their sting that can be lethal to some individuals. It would be advisable to seek immediate medical attention if stung by one of these critters. The females do also have corresponding stingers but are nowhere near as aggressive as the males. They likely won’t even sting when approached.
How Does One Eliminate Carpenter Bees?
Eliminating carpenter bees can be quite the task because of their propensity to sting when near. This is why it is best to turn to someone with experience in these situations. Someone that has the know-how and ability to remove these critters safely.
Can I Eliminate Carpenter Bees Myself?
Because of the complexities and costs of pest control, many individuals opt to try the process themselves. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea when it comes to carpenter bees. This is because the critters are dangerous, but successful elimination usually requires the utilization of pesticides. Pesticides can be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. These chemicals are so dangerous that they aren’t even legally sold to people without EPA licenses and certifications. Anyone handling these chemicals and pesticides without the proper licenses and certifications is doing so illegally. This is just something you’ll want to keep in the back of your mind when choosing a pest management professional.
If someone is going to illegally handle and distributed pesticides, do you think they are going to be fair with your pest management? Not likely.
Are There Safe Options?
Thanks to the advances in the pest management industry and the growth of technology, there is now a wide range of eco-friendly options available. Our offices now offer a wide range of natural solutions for treating carpenter bees. With that in mind, you do have to know that these treatments usually aren’t as effective. Not only this, but they are only viable in certain situations. Give our offices a call and get someone out to the property to determine whether or not you qualify for these treatments. We try to utilize them whenever we can.
Is It Possible To Prevent Carpenter Bee Infestations?
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to eliminate your threat of a carpenter bee infestation. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and what you will try will be ineffective. This just means not to get your hopes up because it is virtually impossible to safeguard yourself 100 percent from these critters. You can certainly mitigate the threat to the point where it will be extremely minimal. This is something we are more than willing to help with. However, the best plan of attack will be to start with your wooden structures.
You learned earlier that carpenter bees are attracted to unstained, unpainted, and weathered wood. Stain and paint wood products and replaced the ones that need to and can be replaced. While this will still not eliminate the threat entirely, it will do a lot!
When Will Help Get Here?
Whether you don’t want to deal with the situation or are just unable to, we are here. And, we are more than glad to assist you. We’ll not only help you eliminate your infestation, but we’ll help you keep in going for the foreseeable future. All you have to do is give us a ring and we’ll get someone out to assess your property within 24 to 48 hours following that phone call.