Carpenter Bee Control
Carpenter bees can be particularly difficult for the average homeowner to attempt to control. They tend to bore holes in some very hard to reach areas which require ladders and specialized equipment to treat. We at Eco-tech have the equipment necessary to eliminate your carpenter bees in a safe and effective manner. As with all of our services, our carpenter bee treatments are backed by our industry leading warranty. To learn more, call any of our local offices toady for a free phone consultation.
Carpenter Bee Information
Description: Carpenter bees would probably best be described as the bumble bee’s destructive twin. They are stocky and about an inch in length. They share the same black and yellow coloration as the bumble bee, but there is one fairly easy way to tell them apart; carpenter bees have almost no hair on the top side of their abdomen (their backside), which gives it a shiny appearance while the bumble bee is uniformly fuzzy.
Nest: Carpenter bees do not build nests. They do, however, chew tunnels into wood which they use to lay their eggs and over-winter. They chew a circular hole directly into the wood, then make a 90 degree turn in order to hollow out a tunnel going with the grain of the wood. New tunnels are typically four to six inches in length, but old tunnels which have been expanded over the years may be as long as ten feet. Carpenter bees are known to stack tunnels on top of each other with one entry hole leading to a few different levels. They prefer to tunnel into wood that hasn’t been stained or painted, but will occasionally make exceptions. The entry holes are often covered by pollen, which looks like yellow paint that has been spattered around the entrance. The surfaces below the tunnels are often littered with sawdust created as the bees tunnel their way through the wood.
Sting: Stings from carpenter bees are rare. Males are very territorial and can become aggressive when people are present. They frequently hover close to ones face and will even give chase, but despite the show males lack a stinger and thus the ability to sting. Females can deliver a potent sting but are much less aggressive than the males and are generally uninclined to sting unless provoked. When stung, most people experience localized pain, itching, redness, and swelling, but people who are allergic can have more severe and even life-threatening reactions. You should seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms – abnormal breathing, tightness in chest or throat, dizziness, fainting, hives, nausea or vomiting.
Life Cycle: Carpenter bees mate in the spring, after which time the female deposits her eggs inside the tunnel she has prepared. The female provides each egg with a supply of pollen and nectar before sealing it off in its own individual chamber with a mixture of wood pulp and saliva. The egg hatches out into a grub-like larva that feeds on the pollen, then pupates and emerges as an adult in the late summer. The adults will over-winter inside the tunnels and emerge in the spring to start the cycle over again. Carpenter bees prefer to lay their eggs in the tunnel they were born in, but when this is not possible due to it being occupied, they will often start a tunnel of their own only inches away. Over time their numbers can increase which can result in significant damage to the wood in which they live.
Diet: Carpenter bees feed on pollen and are considered important pollinators.
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