keep your fence pristineCarpenter bees are very common in western North Carolina. These types of bees can be found along the eaves of a home or other wooden structures and the underside of decks or porch rails. Interestingly, their name references the fact that they boreholes and tunnel into wood to make their nest. 

If you suspect that you have a carpenter bee problem, let Rid-A-Bug take care of it. 

Carpenter Bees Removal

Getting rid of carpenter bees is difficult, but not entirely impossible. First, you want to keep exposed wooden surfaces stained or painted. This acts as a deterrent to carpenters. If carpenter bees are present, the next step is the proper application of an insecticide to exposed wooden surfaces and treatment of the entrance holes of existing nests. 

Once treated, it’s recommended to seal the tunnels to prevent reuse. Contact Rid-A-Bug through our website or call us at 1-800-682-5901 for more information and a free estimate. 

Identifying Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are large with black and yellow markings. They are active in the springtime and can be mistaken for bumblebees. The most marked difference is in their black, shiny tail. 

Male carpenter bees have no stinger and are usually found hovering around their nests to protect against predators; they are non-aggressive compared to female carpenters, who do have the ability to sting if threatened. Their nesting holes are generally around a half-inch in diameter. 

Carpenter Bees’ Damage

In small numbers, carpenter bees don’t cause serious structural damage. However, as their numbers increase and they continue to drill tunnels over a number of years, more serious damage can occur. Holes on exposed wood surfaces can lead to further damage from fungi and even attacks by other insects like termites and carpenter ants. 

Both carpenter ants and termites present a risk to your home and cause considerable damage to wooden structures over time. Carpenter bee eggs and larvae are also a prime target for woodpeckers, which cause further damage as they search the tunnels for food. 

Signs of an Infestation

Infestations are easily identified by the presence of the following:

  • Wood Openings
  • Sawdust
  • Pollen & Feces
  • Flying

Large carpenter bees excavate dry, unpainted, and weathered wooden objects such as doors, windowsills, roof eaves, railing, decks, untreated poles, fences, and wooden lawn furniture.

Carpenter Bees Extermination

Ensure your home is free of all sorts of pests, including carpenter bees, with the help of Rid-A-Bug. We can assess a potential infestation and recommend the proper preventative measure to take care of your issue. Rid-A-Bug has been family-owned and operated since its establishment in 1972. 

Our professional team is committed to providing high-quality, fast, and effective extermination services in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Contact us today to learn more information about our services.