May 18, 2021

How Bad Is It To Have Carpenter Bees On My Montgomery Property?

When people think about bees, they often think about the painful stings that they can inflict. However, some species of bees aren’t so much a threat to us as they are our property. One such bee, here in Montgomery, is the carpenter bee. This bee derives its name from the holes that it bores into the wood to create nests and places in which they can lay eggs. In doing so, these bees can inflict costly damage to homes and businesses. Therefore, it is important to do everything that you can to keep these destructive bees away from your Montgomery property. Furthermore, should your property become infested with carpenter bees, you need to know the effective bee control solutions that you can count on to get rid of them and keep your home safe from damage.

What Do Carpenter Bees Look Like?

Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumblebees due to their similar size and coloring. However, while bumblebees have fury yellow markings on their abdomens, carpenter bees do not. Moreover, there are seven different species of carpenter bees, each of which varies somewhat in appearance. While most have black and yellow coloring, some are more metallic in appearance. Also, unlike most other bees which live in social colonies, carpenter bees are solitary insects that build individual nests for themselves.

Because carpenter bees are so close in appearance to other bee species, it helps to know some other ways to identify them. One of the most common signs of a carpenter bee infestation is the appearance of smooth, round holes that they bore into wood. You should be sure to inspect the exterior of your home for these holes if you notice black and yellow bees around your Montgomery property.

Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?

Unlike most other bees, the primary threat from carpenter bees is not their stingers. In fact, male carpenter bees are unable to sting and females will only do so with provocation. Instead, carpenter bees threaten our property. Carpenter bees bore circular holes into wood to create nests for themselves. Furthermore, female carpenter bees will bore holes into wood to create a safe place to lay eggs. Not only can these holes prove costly to repair as they frequently occur in siding, eaves, and frames, but if females lay eggs in these holes, the larvae can attract woodpeckers which can cause even more damage to your property. 

How Can I Prevent Carpenter Bees From Invading My Property?

There are a few things you can do to help deter carpenter bees from destroying your property and coming into your Montgomery home. These include:

  • Ensure all wood on the outside of your home is stained or painted as they prefer bare wood.
  • Keep woodpiles away from the exterior of your home.
  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior with caulk.
  • Install window and door screens and repair any tears in existing screens.

Effective Carpenter Bee Control Solutions

While you should take every preventative measure at your disposal, none of them is a surefire way to protect your property from carpenter bee damage. Therefore, if you find yourself dealing with a carpenter bee infestation on your Montgomery property, contact the professionals here at Bill Clark Pest Control right away. Not only will we effectively eliminate any carpenter bee infestation with which you are dealing, but if you opt for one of our ongoing treatment plans, we will ensure your Montgomery property remains pest-free all year long. Don’t let carpenter bees destroy your home. Give us a call today.


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