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What Are Carpenter Bees?
Carpenter bees are a large, solitary bee species found throughout the United States. On average, these bees can grow 1 and ½ inches in length. Males tend to be black and orange, but females are completely black. It is easy for consumers to mistake carpenter bees for bumblebees because they look similar. However, there is one notable difference. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen, whereas carpenter bees have a black, shiny abdomen.
What Causes Carpenter Bees To Enter A Home?
Carpenter bees are attractive to untreated softwood. They use unpainted, unstained, untreated softwood for overwintering and nesting purposes. When they find suitable wood, they will build tunnels in the wood and use those tunnels for nesting. You can likely find carpenter bee nests on your deck, shed, or porch. These bees are not going to eat wood. Instead, they will discard it. Breeding pairs stick together year after year, so the carpenter bee population will quickly grow.
Is This Bee Dangerous?
Despite their terrifying appearance, you likely won’t need to worry about carpenter bees. Males are aggressive and are responsible for protecting the nest. They will try to prevent you from getting close. Just remember that male carpenter bees do not have stingers. Female carpenter bees have stingers, but they’re much different than male carpenter bees. They’re docile and normally won’t attack humans. Still, you don’t want to approach and threaten them. If you get stung by a carpenter bee, there is a risk that you’ll experience an allergic reaction. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to seek medical attention.
Another problem with carpenter bees is that their tunnels will attract woodpeckers. Once woodpeckers arrive, the damage done to your property will increase significantly.
How Can I Eliminate Carpenter Bees?
Carpenter bees are difficult to eliminate since you have to worry about getting stung. If you intend to tackle this problem alone, you need to move forward cautiously. You’ll also need to acquire reliable DIY products, but this presents a problem. Many DIY products are not reliable or effective. Furthermore, they might be dangerous. Do you want to potentially expose your loved ones to the risks? You might be able to get rid of the carpenter bees on your own, but the risks are high. Ultimately, it is best to stay safe and let a professional handle it for you.
Can I Kill Carpenter Bees Myself?
You might be able to eliminate these bees on your own. However, it isn’t a good idea. There are numerous risks involved, and you may unnecessarily expose yourself to dangerous pesticides. Alternatively, you may get stung and have to visit the doctor. To protect yourself, you should hire us. Let us mitigate the risk and keep you safe!
Is Your Treatment Safe?
We work hard to keep our clients safe throughout the ordeal. First and foremost, we make sure that our exterminators have access to safe EPA-registered products. Plus, they’ve been trained to follow strict protocols to keep the client safe throughout the extermination. Depending on the severity, you may need to stay away from your home during the extermination.
How Can I Stop Carpenter Bees?
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to stop carpenter bees from entering your property. If the conditions are right, they’ll come. To prevent this from happening, treat your softwoods. Make sure that all wood on your property has been properly stained, painted, or sealed. Also, you’ll want to switch to hardwood.
When Can You Begin?
Our team is ready to work hard for you. Schedule an appointment, and we’ll reach your property in 24 to 48 hours.