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 Washington DC 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 the Washington DC area 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!
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