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Carpenter BeeCarpenter Bee Control

Often confused with the bumblebees they closely resemble, carpenter bees are a nuisance that every homeowner is at risk to encounter when the arrival of spring brings warmer weather. These bees have a propensity for nesting in the tunnels they bore in exposed wood; fence posts, children's play sets, fascia boards, decks, exterior window trim and even the underside of a favorite Adirondack chair can all play host to these bothersome pests.

If you know what to look for, carpenter bees are easy to identify by their appearance and behavior. Unlike bumblebees, whose bodies are completely covered in yellow and black hair, carpenter bees have smooth, bare metallic-black abdomens. Carpenter bees are also larger than bumblebees, and the yellow-faced males of the species, who may appear to be hovering closely about with intent to attack, do not have stingers. Females, who have black faces, will protect their nests but are generally docile when out gathering food and do not sting unless caught in hand.

The damage done by carpenter bees is distinctive; the approximately half-inch round holes they bore in wood appear to have been cleanly formed by a carpenter's drill. If caught and treated early, most damage is superficial. However, carpenter bees can be difficult to eradicate; a few nests can soon lead to a large infestation and damage can become cumulative over time.

Eliminating established carpenter bees is a tough job. Pesky adults can be effectively managed with bee, wasp and hornet killers; however, nests are usually impervious to liquid sprays. Instead, each must be located and treated individually. Carpenter bee nests can be many inches deep and are often turned at right angles to the original entry bores; nests may be as many as 25 feet overhead. Chemical dusts will kill the larvae as they emerge from these hard-to-reach nests, but proper, safe application is a time-intensive and tedious job.

Simmons Pest Management is experienced and professional. We have safe, effective ways to help you with your carpenter bee control problem. Contact us for an inspection today.

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