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Not To “Bee a Bore”, But Carpenter Bees Present A Huge Challenge To Homeowners

Not To "Bee a Bore", But Carpenter Bees Present A Huge Challenge To Homeowners
Not To “Bee a Bore”, But Carpenter Bees Present A Huge Challenge To Homeowners

As the weather gets warmer, you can expect to see more bugs around. This might include carpenter bees, which can put your home at risk of damage. Find out more about carpenter bees in Monmouth County and why pest control for them is important.

Carpenter Bee Behavior

Carpenter bees don’t spend their time making honey in honeycomb hives as honeybees do. Instead, these bees burrow through wood surfaces in order to establish and expand their nests. Carpenter bees don’t eat wood like termites, but they do make holes in it while they chew through it. Over time, this can lead to damage to homes.

In terms of danger, carpenter bees aren’t aggressive, and the only ones that can sting you are the females. However, having male bees hovering around you while you’re outside your home can be unsettling.

Carpenter Bee Damage

What kind of damage can carpenter bees cause? These bees make holes that grow larger over time if they keep using the same entry points year after year. Carpenter bees tend to choose unfinished wood surfaces on home exteriors and other buildings or structures. If you have an infestation, you wil end up with unsightly holes and a higher risk of water damage.

If you need help for carpenter bees in Monmouth County, please contact Allison Pest Control. We can get rid of these wood-boring pests to protect your home from damage.

How to Identify a Carpenter Bee Nest

NJ Carpenter Bees
NJ Carpenter Bees

Wood-boring or carpenter bees are one of the greatest insect threats to outdoor wooden structures. Their tunnels are not tiny and run deep into the wood. Additionally, they extend old tunnels every year and make new ones.

At Allison Pest Control, we care about protecting the environment. Carpenter bees harm properties, but they are also pollinators. Yet, the best way to prevent new damage is with an insecticide. For this reason, the goal should always be to stop infestations and prevent new ones as soon as possible.

Identifying Bees

Carpenter bees are one of the easiest pests to identify:

  • Abdomens — They look like bumblebees except their abdomens are shiny black with less hair.
  • Hovering — Carpenter bees hover around wood.
  • Density — They prefer female/male pairings rather than swarms.

Identifying Nests

Carpenter bee nests are even easier to identify than carpenter bees! Look for:

  • Sawdust near unfinished, untreated and/or soft or old previously-treated wood.
  • Holes against the grain that are approximately 1/2-inch in diameter.
  • Tunnels 1 to 2 inches deep that then turn and run along the grain approximately 6 inches or more.

Whether you need a Wall Township pest control expert, or pest control in other areas of Monmouth and Ocean counties, Allison Pest Control knows which insecticides are permitted for use in your area and the right methods to stop future infestations. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free pest inspection!

Three Factoids You May Not Know About Carpenter Bees

That's No Bumble Bee
It Looks Like A Bumble Bee

Carpenter bees look similar to bumblebees, but they are very different.

They Are Beneficial

Carpenter bees are very avid pollinators, and as such, should only be eliminated when absolutely necessary. Although unfortunately carpenter bees do not nest in hives, the best solution is to block their nesting holes and then if need be perform an extermination.

They Make Fierce Parents

During mating season in April and May, carpenter bees can become quite aggressive. It may be unnerving to have a male carpenter bee flying directly at you to prevent you from getting too close to its nest, but remember that male carpenter bees don’t have the capability to sting. They are only trying to scare you away. Female carpenter bees can sting, but rarely do.

They Nest in Wood

Identifying carpenter bees is as easy as noticing where they emerge from. If you see a bee flying out of a bored hole in wood about ½ inch in diameter, that is a carpenter bee. But the carpenter bee doesn’t actually eat wood. Instead, they simply nest inside. As long as the carpenter bee is not nesting in an intrusive manner near your living quarters, there’s no reason to oust her from your property.

For help with any bees you see on your property, contact the Springlake pest control experts at Allison Pest Control.