Homeowners in Monmouth Country may encounter problems with stinging insects, particularly during the spring and summer months when they are most active. Among the most common types include bees and wasps, which will often construct nests on a property and may become aggressive when they perceive a threat. Carpenter bees (Xylocopa sp.) are one type of stinging insect that is beneficial in the environment because they assist with pollination yet may cause property damage.
Carpenter bees typically are attracted to wooden structures that are unfinished or fairly weathered. They do not actually consume wood, but they burrow or excavate tunnels that will lead to a nesting location inside. In residential areas, carpenter bees often invade decks, siding, fascia areas, and others composed of wood.
During the winter months, carpenter bees remain in their nest until spring. In many cases, carpenter bees will use the same nest for multiple years.
Have you noticed the presence of carpenter bees on your property? A Monmouth County pest control company knows how to treat carpenter bees and how to prevent carpenter bees from returning to the property and creating further problems.
How To Identify A Carpenter Bee?
What does a carpenter bee look like? Carpenter bees are roughly one inch in length and appear in black and yellow. Sometimes misidentified as bumble bees, the carpenter bee differs because of its smoother, shinier body and lack of hair. Male carpenter bees have yellow faces, and females have black faces.
Why You Don't Want Carpenter Bees Hanging Around Your Home
Are carpenter bees dangerous creatures? Although they might appear somewhat threatening, only female carpenter bees can sting, and incidents are fairly rare. However, carpenter bees may create costly property damage as they pass through wooden structures.
As they tunnel through wood, they pose the risk of compromising the structural capacity of support beams and others, which could cause a collapse. Some of the most common types of wood that carpenter bees enter include pine, redwood, cedar, ash, and others.
Factors That Attract Carpenter Bees To Your Property
Limiting attractants is important to reduce the likelihood that carpenter bees will choose your property as a nesting site. Consider the following best practices:
- Apply paint or stain to wood, as carpenter bees prefer bare wood.
- Inspect any wooden parts of the exterior and fill any voids or cracks that might be attractive to carpenter bees.
- Place a screen or flashing over the rough ends of exposed boards.
- Keep in mind that carpenter bees may reemerge and penetrate holes filled with caulk or similar materials.
If your property is susceptible to carpenter bees, regularly inspecting the exterior is among the best preventative measures.
The Trick To Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees
Each year, many residents in this region discover that some species of stinging insect has constructed a nest on their property. Despite proceeding with the best intentions, many of these spirited homeowners explore the do-it-yourself pest control options promoted in local home improvement stores. Unfortunately, these efforts using mass-marketed sprays, foggers, and other products are often unsuccessful and result in prolonged frustration. Further, in some of these cases, individuals find themselves face-to-face with a swarm of winged defenders that can deliver an agonizing sting.
Monmouth County residents are always encouraged to seek professional assistance when problems with stinging insects arise. Pride Pest Service is proud to be a family-owned service provider that has been getting the job done for local home and business owners for more than 18 years now. As a truly full-service pest control company, we also specialize in safely and effectively solving problems involving bed bugs, rodents, termites, and other harmful pests.
We look forward to hearing from you regarding a consultation.