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North Shore Carpenter Bee Elimination


Homeownership is the American dream, something many people prepare for and work to obtain.  So when carpenter bees choose your house as their nesting site, it can be very unsettling and even scary.  By nature, most of us are afraid of bees because of their aggressive nature when they feel their nest is threatened.  And besides, bees sting!  No one wants to enter a territory war with even one bee, but it’s critical to handle your carpenter bee problem to avoid structural damage to your home.  If you have a problem with carpenter bees, early treatment is most effective.

  • Carpenter bees are large, shiny black and yellow.  They grow to be about 1/2″ long and are are very territorial and will aggressively protect their nests.
  • Carpenter bees drill tunnels into your home’s siding, decking, eaves and furniture using their strong jaws to make their nests.  The nest entrance is a perfectly round 3/8″ hole that goes inward for about a half inch then turns sharply, left or right, making a horizontal tunnel that can be several inches long.  The female continues to add on to her nest, branching tunnels into “galleries” to make room for larvae after the eggs hatch.
  • Carpenter bees are known to use the same nesting site year after year.
  • Carpenter bee nests attract woodpeckers that can cause even greater damage as they search for the bees in your home’s siding to eat.
  • Carpenter bees hibernate inside their nests and will resume activity in April or May.

What Causes Carpenter Bee Infestation?

In nature, carpenter bees make their nests in softwood trees, like cypress, pine, redwood and cedar.  These wood types are also commonly used to construct homes, sheds, fences and outdoor furniture.  So, carpenter bees are naturally attracted to these structures as they scout for nesting sites. Once carpenter bees choose to make a nest in an area of your home or outdoor structures, they will begin boring holes into the wooden exterior where the female will lay her eggs.  Since carpenter bees overwinter in the nests, they can resume activity in the same location, year after year as the weather begins to warm, usually in April and May.

Bozarjian Pest Control Effectively Removes Carpenter Bees

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.

Carpenter bee treatment method:

  • 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.

If you suspect you have a carpenter bee infestation in or around your home, call Richie “The Bug Man” Bozarjian at Bozarjian Pest Control today, 781-599-5300.  We’ve been providing safe and reliable pest control to Boston and the North Shore since 1988 and we are trusted as the pest control service provider for North Shore Community Housing Authority

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