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Carpenter Bee Control Services In Gaithersburg MD

Miche Pest Control is a family owned and operated, full service pest control company that provides carpenter bee control services for homes and businesses in Gaithersburg MD and the surrounding areas. Our expert carpenter bee exterminators get rid of carpenter bee infestations fast, and work preventatively to keep the carpenter bees from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - call today or book online!

Comprehensive Carpenter Bee Control For Gaithersburg, MD

Carpenter bees may not be as aggressive as other stinging pests in Gaithersburg, but that doesn't mean they aren't a problem for local residents. While only the females have stingers, these bees can pack a punch on our property as they bore out holes for their nests. Often attempts to seal out carpenter bees instead result in these insects digging deeper into our homes and businesses. 

For guaranteed treatment of carpenter bees on your property, trust the professionals at Miche Pest Control. Our licensed technicians have the experience and quality products to take care of existing carpenter bees and keep them from returning. Give us a call or reach out to us online today to learn more about our carpenter bee control and other pest control services. Make sure to ask about our pest free guarantee and request a free quote. 

Carpenter Bees In Gaithersburg: How To Identify And Avoid Them

Carpenter bees in Gaithersburg look similar to bumble bees, making them challenging to identify. There are a few factors you can consider to differentiate between the two:

  • Size: Carpenter bees are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, while bumble bees range from 1/2 to 1 inch long.
  • Appearance: Carpenter bees have a smooth and shiny abdomen and can have varying colors from yellow, white, back, blue, or brown, while bumble bees are fuzzy with yellow and black coloring.
  • Behavior: Carpenter bees are solitary, which means they live alone, while bumble  bees are social and live in colonies.
  • Nests: Carpenter bees bore holes into wood, while bumble bees build nests close to the ground.

To avoid carpenter bee nests on your property, apply paint or varnish to unfinished wood. 

Miche Pest Control can help you with carpenter bee prevention and control in Gaithersburg, so call us today to learn more about our services!

How Much Do You Really Know About The Carpenter Bees In Gaithersburg?

When it comes to stinging insects or wood-destroying pests, carpenter bees are often at the bottom of the list. Because of this, you might not know a lot about this species, so here is what you should know:

  • Carpenter bees and bumble bees are regularly misidentified.
  • They are a solitary species.
  • Only female carpenter bees sting. Males don't have a stinger, but they are known for buzzing aggressively close to people.
  • Female carpenter bees aren't aggressive but will sting if they feel threatened.
  • Females bore holes into weathered wood to build nests and lay eggs.
  • Although they chew wood to make a nest, they don't eat the wood.
  • Carpenter bees hibernate during the winter and reemerge in the spring.
  • Filling or covering a hole made by a carpenter bee will cause them to bore further inside.
  • Like other bees, carpenter bees are pollinators; flowering plants on your property could attract them.

As with any other pest, there is much more to know about them than can fit on one page, so the best thing to do is work with a Gaithersburg pest control expert to identify, treat, and prevent animals and insects correctly. 

Miche Pest Control has assisted Gaithersburg residents with carpenter bees and other home-invading critters since 2019, so reach out today!

When Are Carpenter Bees Active In Gaithersburg?

Carpenter bees are native to the area and are most active from the late spring through summer. During this time, carpenter bees mate and reproduce. Here's a look at the carpenter bee life cycle:

  • In early spring, female carpenter bees find a nesting site. Sometimes they reuse existing nests and enlarge them or they create new ones.
  • After completing their nest, they will collect pollen and nectar, placing them inside the nest.
  • Then she lays a single egg and creates a cell, sealing it with saliva and wood pulp, and then continues making these as she lays eggs.
  • While females make their nests and lay eggs, males provide protection outside. 
  • After a few days, larvae will hatch and feed on the pollen and nectar placed by female carpenter bees.
  • Larvae take about two weeks to enter the pupal stage and another two weeks to develop into an adult. 
  • Usually, adult carpenter bees will emerge and feed on pollen and nectar.
  • Adults return to their nests and overwinter in the fall, emerging in the spring to start the cycle again.

You can keep carpenter bees from breeding on your property by working with Miche Pest Control for year-round pest prevention and control.

Warning Signs Carpenter Bees Leave Behind Around Gaithersburg Homes

You can look for several signs to identify a carpenter bee problem. These signs are round and smooth holes in wood, piles of sawdust on the ground below holes, and staining on the wood underneath. 

If you don't see any carpenter bee damage or other signs of this pest, take these preventative measures:

  • Paint or varnish any untreated wood.
  • Remove weathered or water-damaged wood from your property.
  • Use hardwoods instead of softwoods when you can.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home, decks, fences, and outbuildings for signs of pest damage.
  • Fill in any holes, but ensure they are empty first.
  • Keep your yard clear of dead trees, stumps, and logs.
  • Keep plants from over-flowering and position gardens away from your home.

Another way people prevent carpenter bees from damaging their property is by providing a bee house. If you are interested in doing this, it is always best to connect with someone who has bee house knowledge to ensure you are using the correct one and that you place it in the right location from your home.

Get rid of carpenter bees on your property by working with our experts at Miche Pest Control. Contact us today to learn more!

Gaithersburg MD

Gaithersburg, officially the City of Gaithersburg, is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. Gaithersburg is the fourth-largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore, Frederick, and Rockville. Gaithersburg is located to the northwest of Washington DC, and is considered a suburb and a primary city within the Washington–ArlingtonAlexandria, DC–VA–MD–WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gaithersburg was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1968. Gaithersburg is noted for its ethnic and economic diversity; WalletHub in 2016 ranked it first among the 313 largest U.S. cities for ethnic diversity and second for social class diversity.

Gaithersburg is divided into east and west sections, separated by Interstate 270. The eastern section of the city is older and is the original portion of the town before more recent growth. Landmarks and buildings from that time can still be seen in many places but especially in the historic central business district of Gaithersburg called "Olde Towne". The east side also includes Lakeforest Mall, City Hall, and the Montgomery County Fair grounds, and Bohrer Park (a well-known joint community recreation center and outdoor water park for kids and families). The west side of the city has many wealthier neighborhoods that were designed with smart growth techniques and embrace New Urbanism. These include the award-winning Kentlands community, the Lakelands community, and the Washingtonian Center (better known as Rio), a popular shopping/business district. Two New Urbanism communities are under construction, including Watkins Mill Town Center (Casey East and West), and the massive "Science City".

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is headquartered in Gaithersburg directly west of I-270. Other major employers in the city include IBM, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services business area headquarters, AstraZeneca, and the French multinational corporation, Sodexo. Gaithersburg is also the location of the garrison of the United States Army Reserve Legal Command.

The most prominent highways serving Gaithersburg are Interstate 270 and Interstate 370. I-270 is the main highway leading northwest out of metropolitan Washington DC, beginning at Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway) and proceeding northwestward to Interstate 70 in Frederick. I-370 is a short spur, starting just west of I-270 in Gaithersburg and heading east to its junction with Maryland Route 200. Via MD 200, I-370 connects Gaithersburg with Interstate 95 near Laurel. Maryland Route 355 was the precursor to I-270 and follows a parallel route. It now serves as the main commercial roadway through Gaithersburg and neighboring communities. Other state highways serving Gaithersburg include Maryland Route 117, Maryland Route 119 and Maryland Route 124. Maryland Route 28 passes just outside the Gaithersburg corporate limits.

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Rockville MD (5 miles), Bethesda MD (12 miles), Silver Spring MD (14 miles), Herndon VA (16 miles), Ashburn VA (17 miles), Falls Church VA (18 miles), Arlington VA (19 miles), Columbia MD (19 miles), Hyattsville MD (19 miles), Laurel MD (19 miles), Washington DC (19 miles), Leesburg VA (20 miles), Fairfax VA (21 miles), Frederick MD (22 miles), Ellicott City MD (23 miles), Springfield VA (24 miles), Alexandria VA (25 miles), Bowie MD (25 miles), Manassas VA (31 miles), Baltimore MD (33 miles), Upper Marlboro MD (33 miles), Woodbridge VA (34 miles), Annapolis MD (40 miles), Fredericksburg VA (60 miles)

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