We have been receiving many calls regarding carpenter bees. Here are a few facts about carpenter bees you may not be aware of.
Carpenter bees are an important component to the environment. Similar to honey bees they feed on nectar and pollen, not wood which is a common misconception. Carpenter bees are instrumental in pollinating flowers and agricultural crops.
Why all the inquiries?
Carpenter bees as their name suggests, build their nests in wood structures such as your home, trees, fencing and basically any wood that is bare, untreated or weathered. The damage initially is minor, but if the infestation is left unattended it can turn into an expensive structural problem.
What I can do as a homeowner.
- Identify the pest. Males make a loud buzzing sound and you are typically not going to be stung by a these bees since the males have no stingers and females are not known to be aggressive and sting unless they are disturbed. They resemble bumble bees but do not nest in the ground. See picture at the right.* [carpenter bee courtesy of Kansas state U]
- Prevention. Reduce the likely hood of infestation by keeping decks, fascia and other wood surfaces covered with vinyl, polyurethane, stain or paint.
- Identify the signs of damage. Some signs that you may see are:
- Bees entering holes in the structure.
- Staining (brown or yellow) on the structure below the holes, evidence of pollen and feces.
- Coarse saw dust below the holes.
- Woodpeckers causing further damage feeding on the larvae.
Think that you have problems concerning carpenter bees?
Call Epcon Lane. Mention this article and receive $20 off a one time visit.