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Carpenter bees are referred to as “solitary bees,” which means they do not live in colonies. However, there are a few exceptions to this theory, as scientists have discovered a few solitary bees living in small colonies. The adult male and female carpenter bees measure been ½” to 1-1/2” in length. Both genders have unique characteristics. For example, the male carpenter bee has a black and orange fuzz while the female is black. It is very easy to confuse the carpenter bee with a bumblebee because they share many of the same characteristics. The best way to differentiate between the two bee species is a visual inspection of the abdomen. The bumblebee has a hairy abdomen while the carpenter bee’s abdomen is shiny black.
Why Is My Property Infested With Carpenter Bees?
Carpenter bees generally prepare for the winter by building nests in softwood trees or structures that are untreated. They will spend the fall building tunnels in wooden structures for their nests. Their tunnels with nests can be found inside weathered, untreated decks, sheds, porches, eaves, birdhouses, and doghouses. Contrary to the description, the carpenter bee diet does not consist of wood. Pairs generally utilize the same nests every breeding season, which means they will leave and return year after year. So, if you believe your carpenter bee problem has been eliminated without extermination intervention, you better think again.
Do Carpenter Bees Carry Diseases?
Most solitary bee species are not aggressive unless provoked. Stay clear of their nests and you should come to no harm. With this said, property owners must take special precautions to protect themselves when combating a carpenter bee infestation. Only the female carpenter bee has a stinger that she rarely uses. Again, this bee species is docile unless they are provoked. If you have a carpenter bee problem, you may also have a woodpecker or two in the nearby vicinity. This is mainly due to the woodpecker’s food preference – carpenter bee larvae. If you notice structural damage on your home, shed, or trees, it is most likely contributed to the woodpecker that creates tunnels to access the carpenter bee larvae.
How To Eradicate A Carpenter Bee Infestation?
Carpenter bee infestations are very serious since this is a solitary bee species. When one is left facing such an infestation, it is crucial to think about safety first. These insects will become aggressive when you approach their nest, which is why we recommend professional carpenter bee pest management to the DIY extermination route. We utilize special equipment, safety gear, and insecticides to eradicate carpenter bee infestations.
Is DIY Pest Control Effective Against Carpenter Bee Infestations?
We do not recommend tackling a carpenter bee infestation without the proper skills or equipment. These insects are non-aggressive by nature, exhibiting aggression only when threatened. Your mere presence is enough to stir fear in the carpenter bees, putting yourself in grave danger. Carpenter bee bites are not harmful unless the target has a bee sting allergy. Even so, carpenter bee stings are painful in the least.
Are Carpenter Bee Insecticides Harmful To Humans?
Insecticides are a group of chemical-based and chemical-free products utilized to eradicate infestations safely and efficiently. Chemical insecticides contain toxic ingredients that pose risks to humans, animals, plants, and the environment. To minimize these risks, our qualified extermination team turns to US Environmental Protection Agency-approved pesticides and insecticides. EPA-approved insecticides have been deemed “safe” when handled, stored, and administered per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Please feel free to contact our Miami office to learn more about our environmentally-friendly carpenter bee pest control.
Is It Possible To Prevent Future Carpenter Bee Infestations?
Yes, with the right pest management strategy, your property will remain carpenter bee-free, but only after it is deemed “carpenter bee-free.” Our carpenter bee control in Miami, Florida is guaranteed to be effective, efficient, safe, and accessible. We believe in giving back to our community by helping the locals maintain a carpenter bee-free property.
When Can I Expect The Exterminator To Arrive At My Home?
As soon as we receive your carpenter bee inspection request, one of our qualified customer support members will begin processing it. Within 24 to 48 hours, a member of our Miami extermination team will arrive at your home. In the meantime, we recommend keeping your pets and children out of the infested area.