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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.

What Do I Need to Know About Wood Destroying Insects Before I Buy a Home?

What Do I Need to Know About Wood Destroying Insects Before I Buy a Home?
What Do I Need to Know About Wood Destroying Insects Before I Buy a Home?

Termites, carpenter ants, and other bugs that destroy wood can cause major damage to homes. In the worst cases, these bugs can make homes unsafe to live in due to structural damage. If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s important to learn more about these pests and the trouble they can cause.

• Damage is costly
Termites and other bugs that eat or chew through wood can cause expensive damage to homes. In fact, termites alone cost an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year. If you buy a home with these pests in it, you might end up spending a considerable amount of money on repairs.

• Inspections are crucial
Before you buy a home, it’s important to have an inspection done for evidence of termites or other bugs that destroy wood. Freehold exterminators can check your home for signs of damage from these pests. This can help you decide whether or not to buy the home you’re looking at.

• Prevention is essential
When you do purchase a new home, taking steps to lower your risk of having wood-destroying bugs is highly important. Pest control professionals offer prevention measures that can help keep these pests at bay.

If you’re worried about termites in your home, don’t wait to call our Freehold exterminators for help. Contact Allison Pest Control, and we’ll inspect your home for termites and other wood-destroying pests.

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.

Do Carpenter Bees Damage Your House?

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are often confused with the other large species – the bumblebee. While similar in appearance, they are two different types of bees. Carpenter bees are formidable aerialists and not the most social. They are known to hover around people and dive bomb them when agitated.

The male carpenter bee does not sting. His is more a show of bravado. The female can sting but not as a general rule. She must be provoked to go on the attack.

Carpenter bees make their nests during the winter where they’ll hibernate until warmer weather. The female drills into wood which can be fences, decks, window frames, or any other wood structure. She may use the same nest from year to year which can result in damage to areas of your home over time.

In the spring, mating season begins and this is when you’ll see bees out and about. The female bee is busy digging new tunnels or refurbishing an old one. She’ll store food in the tunnel and lay an egg. In late summer, a new batch of carpenter bees emerge and make visits to the flower garden before the winter sets in.The cycle is repeated with hibernation during the winter and mating during the spring.

If carpenter bees are buzzing around your house, give us a call at Allison Pest Control. We have the knowledge and know-how to rid your home of unwanted guests.

Carpenter Bees Start Buzzing in April in New Jersey

Carpenter Bee Season
Carpenter Bee Season

Spring’s warm weather and blooming flowers bring all kinds of insects out of the woodwork. When it comes to carpenter bees, this isn’t just a figure of speech. These bees make their nests in trees and the wooden frames of houses.

Signs of Carpenter Bee Infestations

The easiest way to tell if you might have a carpenter bee problem in your home is to look for them outside. You might see several of these large bees hovering near the eaves of your home, which could indicate that they’ve built a nest inside. Carpenter bees look a lot like bumblebees, but they typically have less hair on their abdomens. They drill small holes in wood in order to create an entrance for their nests, so you can look for these around your home as well.

Problems With Carpenter Bees

Although carpenter bees don’t actually eat wood, they can do a lot of damage to it by tunneling or drilling through it. Their extensive network of tunnels and branches can end up causing costly and potentially dangerous structural problems. If you’re worried about being stung, this usually isn’t a problem with carpenter bees. Male bees, which are usually the ones flying around, don’t sting, but females can when they’re provoked.

If you’re having a carpenter bee problem, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Colts Neck Pest Control experts can remove them before they cause damage to your home.