How Do I Know If I Have Carpenter Bees?
- Are approximately an inch in length
- Have shiny, black abdomens with no hair and no stripes
- Bore holes in wood, leaving behind round tunnels and piles of sawdust
- May leave behind stains from pollen as well as their feces, which are often found near the piles of sawdust or near their bore holes
Because carpenter bees can cause significant damage to the structure of your home when left unchecked, you should take action right away if you believe you have an infestation.
When Are Carpenter Bees Most Active?
In the Alexandria VA area, carpenter bees are most active in the spring when they emerge from their nests and begin their seasonal pollination duties. This is also the time of year when carpenter bees spend much of their time boring into wood and creating their nests.
Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?
Carpenter bees are much more of a threat to your home than they are to you, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t dangerous. Male carpenter bees can be aggressive and territorial, but do not pose a threat, since they do not have a stinger. On the contrary, female carpenter bees do have a stinger but are known to be much less aggressive.
Where Do Carpenter Bees Make Their Nests?
Carpenter bees bore holes in wooden surfaces as a place to make their nest and lay their eggs. Their nests are often found in and around wooden porches, railings, furniture, and sheds. Wooden door and window frames are also common places for carpenter bees to nest in.
How Do I Get Rid of a Carpenter Bee Nest?
Because female carpenter bees do have stingers, you should never touch, disturb, or try to remove a nest by yourself. Our highly trained technicians can quickly, safely, and effectively rid your home of carpenter bees and prevent you, your family, and your pets from getting stung.
How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Bees?
As with removing a nest, the quickest and safest way to rid your home of carpenter bees is to contact a professional pest control company. Once we’ve gotten the carpenter bees under control during your initial pest control service, we recommend continuous quarterly treatment of the exterior of your home to prevent the resurgence of any carpenter bee populations.
What Else Can I Do to Prevent Carpenter Bees from Coming Back?
- Remove and replace any already-damaged wood; carpenter bees are much less likely to try to make a nest in wood that has been chemically treated
- Regularly maintain any painted wooden surfaces around your home
- Use caulk to fill in and seal any holes and cracks in unfinished wood around your home
- Keep piles of firewood covered and remove any rotting wood
- Enroll in a quarterly pest control program
Miche Pest Control offers safe and effective treatment plans in Alexandria VA that are specifically designed to target, remove, and prevent carpenter bees from nesting around your home and destroying your wood. Give us a call today at (844) 211-7378 to schedule your initial pest control service and get those carpenter bees under control!
Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles south of downtown Washington DC.
Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as Central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been influenced by its proximity to the U.S. Capitol. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of Alexandria's largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense. Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses. In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria, and in 2017, so did the headquarters of the National Science Foundation.
The historic center of Alexandria is known as Old Town. With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact and walkable. It is the 7th largest and highest-income independent city in Virginia.
A large portion of adjacent Fairfax County, mostly south but also west of the city, has Alexandria mailing addresses. However, this area is under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County's government and separate from the independent city. The city is therefore sometimes referred to as the "City of Alexandria" to avoid confusion. Additionally, neighboring Arlington County was formerly named "Alexandria County" before it was renamed by the Virginia General Assembly in 1920 to reduce confusion with the city.
Arlington VA (6 miles), Washington DC (7 miles), Springfield VA (8 miles), Falls Church VA (9 miles), Hyattsville MD (12 miles), Bethesda MD (13 miles), Silver Spring MD (13 miles), Fairfax VA (14 miles), Woodbridge VA (15 miles), Upper Marlboro MD (16 miles), Bowie MD (20 miles), Rockville MD (20 miles), Herndon VA (22 miles), Laurel MD (23 miles), Manassas VA (23 miles), Gaithersburg MD (25 miles), Ashburn VA (29 miles), Columbia MD (29 miles), Annapolis MD (32 miles), Ellicott City MD (35 miles), Leesburg VA (35 miles), Baltimore MD (41 miles), Fredericksburg VA (41 miles), Frederick MD (46 miles)
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