Carpenter Bees

What is a Carpenter Bee?

Carpenter bees have a similarity appearance to bumble bees but lack in yellow markings on their abdomens which are smooth and shiny. They are about one inch and may have metallic reflection ranging from dark blue, yellow. green or purple tints. These bees are commonly sighted in the spring time around porch rails, eaves, and under decks. They are often called "wood bees" because they bore into wood. They feed on nectar and pollen from flowering plants.  

How Did I Get Carpenter Bees?

While carpenter bees do not eat wood, unfinished and/or weathered wood attracts these bees in order to excavate tunnels to use as nests. Typically, these are found in the eaves of homes along with decks, siding, fascia boards or porches. Adult carpenter bees will use their nests over the winter and reemerge in the spring. 

Inspection & Treatment 

Common signs of infestation are round, smooth holes that these bees bore into wood. To identify early damage, homeowners should regularly inspect the perimeter of their home and surrounding property for presence of these holes, sawdust on the ground under where the hole is drilled, pollen & feces and hovering bees. If an infestation is suspected and you need to know how to get rid of carpenter bees, it’s always best to contact Pest2Kill Exterminating, who can assess the situation and recommend a method of carpenter bee extermination.

Pest2Kill Exterminating Company, will inspect and create a thorough pest control plan. One effective method is applying dust to the existing bee's drill hole and leave them open for a few days to keep the bees in contact with the insecticide. Once bees have been in contact the drill holes can be sealed and repainted. While this is just one of the many successful methods Pest2Kill Exterminating Company offers, we ensure that any method applied is shared and discussed with you first. 

Close Up Carpenter Bee

Close Up Of Carpenter Bee Creating Holes

Prevention

Prevention is key when avoiding carpenter bees in your home. There are a number of different ways to prevent them from entering. Here are some helpful tips to avoid them:

  1. Varnish or paint any unfinished wood surfaces. A fresh coat of paint will not attract a carpenter bee. 

  2. Seal as many exterior openings as possible. They are always looking for cracks to nest, sealing and caulking these cracks and crevices will help eliminate. 

  3. General preventative insecticide spray application sold at our White Plains location can help prevent most carpenter bees from drilling new holes. It is important to start your monthly preventive spray application in early spring and continue one time per month through early fall. Pest2Kill Exterminating offers licensed technicians that can help you do this as well!

Call Pest2Kill Exterminating today to help eliminate your carpenter bee problem!

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