Making it through another long, cold winter is certainly reason to celebrate. But the fact that spring is here makes NJ pest control specialists have to pick up the pace because there are some different pests we’ll need to be focusing on. Carpenter bees are just one of them, but they are a problem for a lot of people in the state.
What are Carpenter Bees?
Some people think that carpenter bees got their name because they eat wood, but that is not accurate. The females actually create holes in wood so they make a place for nests for their young. These pests are fairly large; about three-quarters to one inch in length. People often mistake them for bumble bees, but they’re not the same. Unlike other types of bees, they don’t live in colonies. Rather, they’re independent.
What Types of Damage Can Carpenter Bees Cause?
Carpenter bees can do a lot of damage to the exterior of your home. It’s common to find them in decks, porches or wooden railings. They’re relatively harmless because the male doesn’t have a stinger, and the female only stings if she’s handled.
Still, no one wants carpenter bees hanging around their property. Your NJ pest control specialists can help if you’ve seen them hanging around your home. They are a nuisance pest, but it often takes a professional to deal with them. Contact us!
Their aggressive behavior and wood-destroying activity makes carpenter bees a double threat when they take up residence on your property. These large bees (about 1-1/2 inch long) live in mating pairs rather than communal hives, but they are extremely territorial. Whenever anyone approaches the pair’s nesting area, the male will hurl his body at the threat, repeatedly dive bombing customers, family guests, children and pets to drive them away.
Mix their Kamikaze-like behavior with carpenter bees’ preference for tunneling into flat wood planks like porch roofs, building siding, cedar shingles, play equipment, outdoor furniture, posts and railings and these bees can drive you from your front porch, your children from your backyard or your customers from your business entrance.
These bees also emit an extremely loud drill-like buzzing that adds to the panic they create. More than a nuisance, their buzzing is also a sign of ongoing destruction to your property. While male carpenter bees are busy defending the nest site, females bore into the wood, creating long tunnels where they lay their eggs. Because carpenter bees tend to stay near their original nest and reuse nesting tunnels, it is common for successive generations to infest a site. In time, multiple pairs of carpenter bees can cause significant wood damage.