Action Pest Services provides treatment for carpenter bees. Carpenter bees do not build a hive and co-exist with other bees, but remain solitary and nest alone. Carpenter bees are the largest species of bees native to the United States and can be found from Arizona to Florida in the south and from Florida to New York in eastern part of the country. Although carpenter bees are harmless to humans, their sting can be mildly painful, and they can cause damage to structures by digging holes in wood to build their nests.
Carpenter Bees Identification
There are several characteristics that help identify a carpenter bee.
- Carpenter bees are usually between 6 mm and 25 mm in length.
- Carpenter bees are yellow or black in color.
- Carpenter bees have shiny and smooth abdomens, are oval shaped, and have wings and antenna.
- Images of carpenter bees can be found from the National Pest Management Association »
Conducive Conditions for Carpenter Bees
There are a few conditions that can increase the chances of a carpenter bee infestation:
- Weathered or unfinished wood around the outside of the home.
- Vegetation that pollenating insects are attracted to, like flowers or fruit trees around the outside of the house.
- Wood siding.
- Unrepaired, old carpenter bee damage.
Carpenter Bees Control Tips for Homeowners
There are several things homeowners can do to prevent and reduce carpenter bee infestations:
- Trim back or remove plants that attract pollinating insects to your yard.
- Replace old wood siding.
- Repair and previous carpenter bee damage.
- Inspect the exterior of your home regularly for carpenter bee damage.
A carpenter bee infestation can quickly increase and become a permanent issue. If you have had more than a single outdoor sighting or are already seeing these pests in your garage or home call Action Pest Services for a customized treatment plan.