Although they are not overtly aggressive, the large size of the carpenter bee makes people uneasy. Carpenter bees get their name from the way in which they build their nests. This habit of boring into soft woods is the real reason why these insects are considered pests. If an infestation is left untreated long enough, it can affect the structural integrity of buildings, decks, fences, sheds and other items made from wood. Controlling a carpenter bee infestation in Bensalem is not easy for property owners, which is why the services of a professional pest control company frequently are required. Professional bee control is the best solution to this problem.
Carpenter bees are typically colored yellow or black and have six legs. Their oval bodies are robust, and they usually measure between one-quarter of an inch and one inch in length. Because of their similarities, they sometimes are mistaken for bumble bees. However, they are less hairy in comparison and have a shinier abdomen. Males are differentiated from females by yellow markings on their faces and the lack of a stinger.
Despite their name, carpenter bees do not eat wood. Instead, their diet consists of nectar and pollen, like many stinging insects. This makes them adept pollinators.
The solitary carpenter bee does not live in a colony. They build a nest by boring into soft woods. In nature, their homes are most frequently found in trees. However, they are drawn to manmade structures when it comes to looking for a place to live and lay eggs. Unfinished and untreated wood is most often used. Accordingly, fences, decks, siding and other wooden components on structures may be vulnerable to attack. Carpenter bees tend to avoid hardwoods, but may infest them when they are rotting or when there are no other suitable alternatives.
PROBLEMS WITH CARPENTER BEES
The carpenter bee's habit of boring into wood can cause enormous structural damage if the infestation is not promptly treated. An undetected infestation can cause thousands of dollars in damage and necessitate extensive repairs. The typical hole bored by a carpenter bee is one-quarter inch in diameter. They may make several holes in a single season, laying an egg in each one. When these new carpenter bees hatch, they are not likely to go elsewhere. Instead, they will probably establish themselves in the same or a neighboring structure.
Carpenter bees generally are not aggressive. The male does not have a stinger, though they do fly and dart aggressively if they feel threatened. Although the female is equipped to sting, she rarely does so. The species is mainly diurnal, and retreats to their nest as the sun goes down. While they are not an overt threat as stinging insects, their large size makes people who encounter them uneasy, which is one of the reasons why carpenter bee removal is requested. Additionally, such measures are essential for keeping structural damage to buildings at a minimum.
Carpenter bees are not known to transmit any illnesses to humans. Still, the sting of the female may be quite painful. Those who are allergic to stinging insects may have a reaction that includes excessive swelling and itching that may need medical treatment before it subsides. The most severe reactions can include a multitude of symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, hives and all-over swelling that may affect the throat and nasal passages. This condition, called anaphylaxis, is life-threatening and must be treated by a doctor.
SIGNS OF A CARPENTER BEE INFESTATION
The following signs may indicate the presence of carpenter bees:
• Seeing round, smooth holes in wood • Sawdust littering the ground under holes • Spotting a yellowish substance composed of excrement and pollen near the holes • Insects flying aggressively and darting at people and pets
To help protect against carpenter bee infestations these steps should be taken:
• Paint or finish all wooden surfaces • Promptly apply a new coat of paint or stain when the existing coat appears worn • Seal all exterior openings, including small cracks and crevices that would appear attractive to carpenter bees • Perform regular inspections of property to check for signs of a carpenter bee infestation
CARPENTER BEE CONTROL
Every year, home and business owners across Bensalem are forced to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs for damage that is caused by carpenter ants.
Primary ant colonies, when left untouched, will expand into satellite colonies. Additionally, there may be more than one satellite colony inside a home or office building.
If you suspect you may have a problem with carpenter ants contact SafeGuard Pest Control LLC. Our trained technicians will provide accurate species identification, identify entry points, and implement the best treatment methods for complete eradication, including drilling, sealing, and use of specialized dusts and sprays.