Carpenter Bees Destructive Behavior

We often get calls from clients asking us to identify certain pests (like the type of bees) that seem to have taken up residence around a homeowner’s property. One type of bee, that is often misidentified by homeowners, is the carpenter bee. Carpenter bees are often confused with Bumble bees since they have similar features and coloring.

The best way to tell these bees apart is to look at the top of the abdomen. Bumble bees have a colorful, hairy abdomen, while on carpenter bees the top surface of the abdomen is bare and shiny. Bumble bees live in small, social colonies, often in the ground, where work is divided among colony members. Carpenter bees, on the other hand, construct nests in exterior structural or decorative wood such as siding, fascia boards, trim, and wooden-shingled homes. And that is where the problem lies.

Carpenter bees can be fairly destructive wood boring insects. Carpenter bees do not consume wood, but their tunneling can be destructive to softwoods and hardwoods alike. Under normal conditions they are not very destructive; however, if several generations of carpenter bees have been tunneling in the same area, extensive damage is possible. Carpenter bees use the galleries that they create to raise their young so generation after generation can take up residence in your home if you do not take action.

According to the University of Michigan Extension School for Agriculture, carpenter bees can make a vast system of tunnels and need to be taken care of by pest control experts. Pro-Tech Lawn Care can correctly identify the bees that are boring into your home, locate the ½ inch diameter holes and create a treatment plan that will get rid of these pests before they have a chance to cause damage.

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