Carpenter Bees

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carpenter bee tunneling in wood

What do carpenter bees look like?

It’s easy to image little bees marching around with utility belts and hammers when you think of carpenter bees but unfortunately these stinging insects aren’t that obvious. A large bee species, carpenter bees have black, shiny abdomens and while females are completely black, male carpenter bees are black and orange. They are often mistaken for bumble bees. Solitary creatures, you won’t see large numbers of carpenter bees around your home.

 

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Are carpenter bees dangerous?

Carpenter bee females can sting but rarely do unless directly handled or threatened; the venom from their sting does have the possibility to cause an allergic reaction that may need medical attention. Males cannot sting but can be extremely aggressive in order to try to keep them away from their nesting area. Carpenter bees can be dangerous to the structure of your home or building as they create tunnels inside of wood to nest in; these tunnels attract woodpeckers that peck at the tunnels creating a lot of damage.

Why do I have a carpenter bee problem?

If your home has a lot of untreated wood or surfaces not painted, you could attract carpenter bees. Decks, sheds, porches and other similar areas are likely spots to find these bees. Interestingly enough, carpenter bees like to return to the same nesting area year after year.

How do you get rid of carpenter bees?

If you’ve discovered carpenter bees tunneling away in a railing or have noticed them elsewhere, contact our Albany pest control company for help. Our bee control is the ideal solution for homeowners worried about bees and wasps. Contact us today to learn more!

Carpenter bee prevention tips

To prevent carpenter bee activity on your property, our Albany pest control professionals recommend treating or painting wood on decks, porches, and sheds. Carpenter bees do not like to create tunnels in treated wood so this is the best way to try and discourage carpenter bees from choosing your property.

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