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Know Your Bees-How Carpenter Bees Can Harm Your Home

June 4, 2018

How Did I Get Carpenter Bees?

It’s a common misconception that carpenter bees eat wood. While they don’t actually feed on it, they do burrow tunnels and use it to house their nests. In nature, these bees hollow out their homes in softwood trees, like pine, cedar, and redwood. These types of wood are commonly used to construct our homes, sheds, fences, and outdoor furniture. This makes your property a prime target – and carpenter bees move in quickly! As they begin to construct their nest they dig deeper and deeper into the wood. You may notice small amounts of wood shavings around their nest.

How Can I Tell Them Apart From Other Bees?

It may be tricky to distinguish carpenter bees from regular bees. They are large, shiny, black and yellow. They are about 1/2 of an inch long, and they protect their nests aggressively. They are active during the spring and summer months, and they often choose the same spot for their nests every year if it remains undisturbed.

Signs of an Infestation

If you notice any wood damage in the following areas of your home, call Boz Pest Control:

  • Doors
  • Windowsills
  • Window frames
  • Railings
  • Decks
  • Fence and fence posts
  • Roof
  • Wooden furniture

Carpenter bees tend to aim for wood that’s unpainted or unfinished, but they make exceptions if the wood is old or damaged in any way. If you have damaged wood in your home or around your property, it’s best to get it fixed or replaced before these little pests find their way in.

How Boz Pest Can Help

Merely sealing the entrances of the carpenter bee nests is not sufficient in handling a carpenter bee infestation.  Carpenter bees will continue living inside the tunnels then simply drill another passage out when they want to.  Richie “The Bug Man” Bozarjian, proprietor of Bozarjian Pest Control, uses a highly effective method to address the nest itself, and rid it of the guarding male and nesting females that are inside. To treat a carpenter bee infestation, we use a method called Dusting.

Bozarjian Pest Control will apply a pesticide dust into the entrance of an active carpenter bee gallery.  Carpenter bees die, usually within minutes, after coming into contact with the dust. The residual nature of the dust causes death to any other bees from entering the treated nest.  We guarantee carpenter bee elimination for up to nine months with this treatment.

To protect your home from carpenter bees, call Boz Pest. We’re ready to help!

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