Pest Guide: What are Carpenter Bees?

How to Know if It’s a Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees have large black, white, and sometimes yellow bodies about 1 to 1.5 inches long. They tend to be solitary and burrow into untreated wood, such as stumps, fenceposts, structures such as pergolas or balconies, and even parts of your home. Male carpenter bees can be territorial, but they lack stingers. Females have stingers but rarely attack first. Carpenter bees can quickly identify the deep boreholes they leave inside the wood. They can cause considerable damage to structures if an infestation isn’t taken care of early.

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How Can I Prevent a Carpenter Bee Infestation

A carpenter bee busy pollinating.

The best way to prevent a carpenter bee infestation is to remove their preferred food sources and habitats from your home.

  • Repair broken or leaky pipes, faucets, or sprinklers that can provide a source of water.
  • Replace untreated wood in our home or your yard with treated wood or alternative materials to wood.
  • Remove excess vegetation and wood masses, such as dead tree stumps, from your property.
  • Contact a professional exterminator to remove any carpenter bees from your property.

Common Questions About Carpenter Bees

While removing carpenter bees alone can be tempting, this isn’t advised. You may simply agitate the bee, which could sting you, someone else, or other animals. Any insecticides you use may also harm other wildlife aside from the bees. Additionally, the bees may escape and establish themselves elsewhere, where they are harder to remove.

While carpenter bees can leave sizable boreholes, the good news is that, in many cases, trees can recover from this damage with proper care. Carpenter bees can be especially distressing to homeowners with older trees on their property, but they can be surprisingly resilient to these pests. Speak with an arborist for advice on how best to help a tree damaged by these bees recover.

An exterminator will typically remove a carpenter bee infestation in several ways. They may use dust or foam insecticides to poison bees in their tunnels. They may seal tunnel openings with caulk or wood putty if the borehole is on a structure. Pest removers can also use passive traps to reduce the number of bees.

Tips for Preventing Carpenter Bees

  • Paint or seal wood: Apply a coat of paint, stain, or sealant to all exposed wooden surfaces to make them less attractive to carpenter bees.
  • Fill or plug holes: Fill existing carpenter bee holes with wood putty or caulk to discourage re-nesting.
  • Replace damaged wood: If the wood is severely damaged, consider replacing it with treated or naturally resistant wood.
  • Hang or install deterrents: Hang shiny objects or wind chimes near vulnerable wooden areas to deter carpenter bees from nesting.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Carpenter Bees

If you're uncertain about dealing with a carpenter bee infestation or if the problem persists, it's advisable to seek assistance from a professional pest control service to ensure effective and safe removal.

My Pest Pros technicians are trained to identify and treat to eliminate the threat from carpenter bees. We use EPA-approved products and equipment to quickly stop carpenter bees from damaging your home.

Our team of trained pest experts will create an effective treatment plan to not only eradicates current problems but also provides preventative care. Our protection plans include coverage to prevent and eliminate carpenter bees and stinging pests.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your carpenter bees and stinging pest problems, today and tomorrow.

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