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What are carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees are similar to bumble bees but are larger and more robust. They are also a solitary species, which means they live by themselves rather than in a large colony, like bumble bees and honey bees do.

You can identify carpenter bees by the following traits:

  • Females are primarily black, while males are orange and black.
  • The abdomen is hairless and shiny black.
  • Males do not have stingers, but females do.
  • Carpenter bees are about 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long.

The easiest way to identify carpenter bees is by looking at their nest entrance, a circular hole they bore into wood.

Like other bees, carpenter bees are a necessary part of a healthy ecosystem as they feed off plant nectar and pollen, helping to pollinate as they do so. Because of this, you should always approach the prevention and control of this pest with care.

Are carpenter bees dangerous?

Like many other stinging insects, carpenter bees are docile species. They are also the least aggressive of the common stinging insects on residential properties. Although males can appear aggressive, they do not have stingers and pose no threat to people.

Females can sting but usually only do so if you bother them. In general, it is always best to leave stinging insects alone.

Why do I have a carpenter bee issue?

Carpenter bees are pollinators, so they are attracted to places with flowering plants. However, they also look for a secure place to build their nests, which are holes they bore into soft, untreated, or weathered wood.

Where will I find carpenter bees?

You can find carpenter bees in circular holes that they bore into wood. Typical carpenter bee nest locations include wood furniture, doors, fence posts, decks, railing, and other soft or damaged wood. 

How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

One of the recommendations for carpenter bee prevention and control is to fill in any existing holes. While this is a necessary step, you need to be sure that there are no pests inside, as carpenter bees will only bore further in, causing more damage. So the best thing to do when dealing with carpenter bees is to call experts for help.

Miche Pest Control is your go-to for issues with carpenter bees and any other pests you are experiencing. Contact us today to learn about the services we offer and how you can get started receiving the treatments you need.

How do I prevent carpenter bees in the future?

To prevent future carpenter bee issues, use these tips to deter them from building their nests on your property:

  • Eliminate untreated wood by using paint, stain, or varnish.
  • If you build or replace wood, use hardwood instead of soft.
  • Clear your property of damaged or decaying wood such as stumps, logs, and trees.
  • Repair any holes created by carpenter bees or otherwise. Check sheds, fence posts, decks, and the exterior of your home.
  • Don't let plants over-flower or reduce the number of flowers in your yard.
  • Use noise-making devices such as windchimes to make your yard less appealing.

Another prevention method that some people utilize is installing a bee house on their property, but away from the home's structure, giving these essential pollinators a place to live while leaving your home and property untouched. But it is best to talk to experts before installing one.

Give us a call at Miche Pest Control for carpenter bee control and prevention assistance.

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