You can own a home for years, and never know what a carpenter bee is. You can even have a carpenter bee problem, and still not know what a carpenter bee is. In fact, you have these insects attack your home over and over and never know it. This happens all the time. Why? Because these are sneaky insects. Let's take a look at a few of the ways carpenter bees avoid detection, and how missing this insect pest can cause some serious problems if you own a home or business.
3 Ways Carpenter Bees Are Sneaky
Carpenter bees hide in plain site, masquerading as bumblebees. We all know what a bumblebee looks like, right? They are giant, fuzzy, black and yellow bees that fly from flower to flower in our yards. They are docile and beneficial insects that help with pollination, and don't present much of a threat to humans. When we see a bumblebee we don't think too much about it. This is how carpenter bees trick us. When we see a giant, fuzzy bee, we don't give it a second glance. But we should. That big, black and yellow bee could be a carpenter bee. It is easy enough to tell, though. Carpenter bees have shiny black abdomens that are distinguishable from several feet away.
Carpenter bees usually hide their homes. It is the preference of female carpenter bees (the ones that are responsible for establishing a nest) to fly underneath wooden structures, attach themselves, and bore holes upwards. Not only are these holes small (about the size of a nickel) they will often be in places that aren't easily seen. You'll have to get out the flashlight and crawl under your porch, or look at the underside of your exterior steps to see these circular tunnels.
Carpenter bees don't generally bother people. When yellow jackets establish a nest on your property, you're not likely to miss it. They are aggressive and able to sting multiple times. Male carpenter bees are not able to sting at all, and females only sting in rare circumstances. So, they'll go about their business with little or no impact on your life--at least, not directly.
3 Ways Carpenter Bees Are A Problem
While carpenter bees don't generally harm humans, they can do a considerable amount of harm to human dwellings, over time. Since female carpenter bees bore tunnels into wood, this can damage the wood in ways that are difficult or impossible to fix.
A single carpenter bee isn't going to create a tunnel that is much more than a foot or two in length. On her own, she isn't much of a threat. But carpenter bees reuse tunnels made by other carpenter bees, and extend those tunnels. If enough bees infest a home or business, or these wood-chewing insects are allowed to infest each year, it can lead to structural problems: bending, warping, and sinking.
A frequent problem that comes up with carpenter bees is the structural weakening of stairs and railings. If your back stairs are an inch or two thick, carpenter bees can set up the conditions for one of those steps to give way, and an accident to occur. They can also render a rail, that has always been sound, to break loose unexpectedly. So, beyond the frustration of repairing carpenter bee damage, there is the secondary threat of injury.
It is not good to have any stinging pest on your property but carpenter bees present a different set of problems. If you're seeing large, black and yellow bees, that have a hairless black behind, buzzing around wooden structures on your property, reach out to a professional for immediate assistance.
At Russell's Pest Control, we offer a comprehensive ongoing pest plan for homes and businesses in our Tennessee service area that covers over 30 common household pests, including carpenter bees. Get protection from mosquitoes, termites, cockroaches, ticks, rodents, and other harmful pests, as you get the vital control you need for seasonal invasions from carpenter bees. Schedule an inspection, and let's get started. Life is so much better without destructive insects. Take the leap and get started today.
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