Carpenter Bees

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Entomologists have successfully identified more than 16,000 species of bees. Each species has features that make them unique and identifiable. Entomologists utilize two classifications for bees. The solitary and social classifications pertain to how bees survive. The social bee lives in colonies. In other words, social bees do not live alone. Bee colonies vary, depending on the species. Most social bees have a queen that is the primary reproducer.

Solitary bees do not have a queen. They live alone like the carpenter bee. The unique characteristics of a solitary carpenter bee are 1-1/2 inches in length, translucent wings, black abdomen, yellow thorax, black head, yellow fur, and four elbow-shaped legs. The male has a black dot in the center of the thorax.

Why Are Carpenter Bee Nests In My Deck?

Carpenter bees hibernate throughout the winter season to ensure longevity. When the insects emerge from hibernation, mating season is just around the corner. The unique flying insect species have both males and females, with the latter having a longer lifespan. The male dies soon after mating, leaving the female to give birth and raise her babies on her own.

The female carpenter bee bores a hole large enough to support her nest. Unlike most other bee species, the carpenter bee returns to the same nest to lay her eggs. She will also share her nest with other females.

Do Carpenter Bees Sting?

Yes, but only the male. The female does not have a stinger like the male. While there is no stinger, the female is a very dangerous insect. Instead of stinging, she dive-bombs into what is perceived as a predator.

Carpenter bee stings are painful. They are also dangerous in people with bee sting allergies.

What Is The Most Effective Carpenter Bee Treatment?

Professional pest control combines multiple treatments to eradicate carpenter bees. An industrial-strength insecticide is combined with traps. Our pest management experts hang traps in areas, where carpenter bees are known to frequent. When the trap is full, it will be transported to a remote location and carpenter bees freed back into the environment.

Is It Safe To Treat Carpenter Bee Infestations?

Carpenter bee infestations are rare because it is a solitary species. Unlike honeybees and yellowjackets, the carpenter bee does not travel or live in colonies.

It is not recommended to treat carpenter bees without the proper safety gear, treatment, and experience. Our technicians can assist you in eradicating your bee problem in a timely fashion.

Does Carpenter Bee Insecticide Contain Chemicals?

Yes, all insecticides consist of chemicals. However, not all chemicals are harmful to the environment. Organic and natural chemicals, such as pyrethrin, neem oil, and lime-sulfur, are eco-friendly pesticides.

Our pesticide line also includes traditional formulas that are EPA-approved.

What Is The Best Carpenter Bee Deterrent?

The best deterrent for carpenter bees is a fresh coat of paint or varnish. Keep all decks, porches, birdhouses, and other wooden structures in good condition. Do not store firewood or lumber in proximity to your home.

Cut down all diseased softwood trees, which are the carpenter bees preferred woods.

How Long Does It Take To Process A Carpenter Bee Inspection Request?

Our skilled customer support team processes service requests within 24 and 48 hours. During the peak bee season, it may take an additional 12 hours to process home inspection requests. Please feel free to reach out to our local office to learn more about our carpenter bee pest management.

Our prices are fair to ensure access to all our community members. We give back to the community by helping to control the bee population. Our technicians are certified and experienced in pest management.

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