If you have big, fat bees flying around your porch, deck, patio, or wooden stairs, those may not be bumblebees, and it is a good idea to find out for sure. In our service area we have a plump little insect called Xylocopa virginica, known commonly as the eastern carpenter bee, and these pests can become quite a problem for home and business owners.
Carpenter bees don't fix things around your home, as their name suggests. If you have these bees flying around, they are going to damage your home. They bore straight into wood, especially untreated or unfinished wood, and then make a sharp right angle and bore a tunnel. If tunnels are long enough, this can weaken the wood and create structural problems. It may result in a stair board snapping as someone is climbing the stairs, or something more severe, like a support beam losing its integrity.
"How do I know if the bees I have are carpenter bees?"
Carpenter bees have a lot in common with bumblebees, but where they differ is actually quite distinct. Unlike bumblebees, carpenter bees have a hind portion (abdomen) that is entirely black. This black section makes up half the length of these bees and can easily be distinguished from a distance. It also lacks the fuzzy appearance of a bumblebee's abdomen.
It is also easy to identify male and female carpenter bees from each other. Males have a distinct white head. This is important because, although male carpenter bees may get aggressive and dive bomb in a threatening manner, they are entirely incapable of stinging. You could say they're all bark and no bite. The females, on the other hand, do have the ability to sting. So, it is good to know the difference.
"What can I do to protect my home from carpenter bees?"
Often, home and business owners will resort to do-it-yourself methods to take care of this problem, but DIY pest control is not very effective with these insects. If not properly handled, you could end up with more damage and an ongoing headache.
At Rottler, our specialists are educated in the habits and habitats of these insects, as well as the most broadly accepted treatment options available. They know when to treat, how to safely treat, and what measures are necessary to keep new damage from occurring. Professional carpenter bee control from Rottler isn't just a Band-Aid. It is a complete solution that will work to protect your property from these destructive insects.
Don't let carpenter bees return year after year and tunnel into the wood of your property. Trust Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions to keep your home safe.