June 28, 2019

Where Does Carpenter Bee Damage Occur Around Texas Homes?

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Carpenter bees look similar to bumblebees. It can be hard to tell the two apart, but only one of these can cause damage to your home. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen and are more yellow than carpenter bees, which have shiny black abdomens. Both of these bees, however, are pollinators. Here are some key facts you should know about carpenter bees, including what they are, why they come to your home, and how to get rid of them.

What are carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees are solitary bees. They begin nesting in late spring, and continue to build nests and rear their young through early summer; that means June is an especially active season for carpenter bees that are trying to build nests and breed. They build their nests in soft, untreated wood. They create 1/2” holes, and dig tunnels that can be several inches long and contain chambers for eggs. They don’t eat the wood from the tunnels; instead, they use the wood chips to block the entrances to each chamber and protect their eggs.

Like other species of bees, carpenter bees rely on pollen for food. Another trait of carpenter bees is that they don’t often sting; in fact, male carpenter bees never sting. Female carpenter bees, however, will sting whenever they feel threatened or attacked.

How can you keep carpenter bees away from your house?

Because carpenter bees rely on soft wood for nests, they are often attracted to the exterior of houses. Carpenter bees will make nests on porches or other wooden overhangs around your home, which could cause damage which could be dangerous or cause other problems.

How do you know if you have carpenter bees?

If you have a carpenter bee problem, it's likely that you will see these bees flying around your house, as they don’t travel far from their nest. You might also notice the holes they create; these holes can be perfectly round, and you might see frass, which is the excess sawdust from their tunnels.

How do you get rid of carpenter bees?

There are a few tips and tricks to prevent carpenter bees from nesting in your house. Carpenter bees prefer soft, natural wood, so keeping the exterior of your house painted or varnished will help keep these bees away. Additionally, you can purchase a carpenter bee trap. There are several wooden traps on the market that will attract and trap carpenter bees to keep them off your home. It’s also a good idea to close any nests during the fall; this will prevent bees from reusing the same tunnels or using them as hideouts during the winter.

We don’t recommend that you attempt to use chemical insecticides on your own. There are several methods of treating carpenter bees, but these are best left to the professionals. Bill Clark Bugsperts can come to your house to apply these chemicals for you. Your safety is important, and Bill Clark Bugsperts has the tools, knowledge, and experience to eliminate carpenter bees before they cause any more damage to your house. To schedule an appointment, contact the Bugsperts today!


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