Carpenter bees are one of the most common pests for Manalapan, NJ homeowners each spring. Customers often complain of large bees chasing each other around their property and burrowing into wooden structures such as fascia boards. Although carpenter bees fall under the category of wood-destroying insects, their damage is merely cosmetic and will most likely not pose a serious structural endangerment to your home.
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How can I tell if I have a carpenter bee infestation?
Carpenter bees are easily identifiable by their erratic flight patterns. Your first clue that a carpenter bee has made its way to your home is the way that they fly around as if they are chasing one another. Other common bees such as honey bees, do not behave in this pattern, making the habits of the carpenter bee very distinct. They are commonly mistaken for bumble bees due to their size. Carpenter bees can be differentiated by their black, shiny rear ends as opposed to the black, fuzzy rear end of a bumble bee.
One of the main reasons for carpenter bee infestations is the destructive activity of the females. After mating, the males die, leaving the females to become solitary insects. The perfectly circular holes that you see at the site of the nest are made by females alone to create their elaborate tunnel system in which to live. Carpenter bees prefer untreated and unpainted wood around your home such as deck railing, play sets, gazebos, picnic tables, and wooden lawn furniture, although the most common nesting location is the trim along the roofline of your home. They begin to tunnel upwards from the entry point, laying an egg, then building a wall and following this pattern for as long as they produce larvae.
When do carpenter bees start coming out?
Carpenter bees are seasonal pests that lay their larvae when it becomes cold, keeping them safe within their tunnels and hibernating all winter until it becomes warm typically from April-June. The warm spring weather triggers an adult carpenter bee’s natural instincts to leave their nesting spot and begin foraging for food. Customers typically begin to notice carpenter bees when they see large bees flying in unusual patterns around their home.
How does the carpenter bee service work?
Once one of our trained representatives will provide a free no-obligation consultation with you and if necessary, decide on a course for treatment can often begin as early as that same week. Carpenter bee treatment for Manalapan, NJ homes is now simpler than ever. You don’t need to put your life on hold to take care of your pest problem. With our carpenter bee service, our skilled technicians will perform the entire treatment on the exterior of your house so you don’t have to take off of work or be home.
The affected area will be treated at the entry point, preventing carpenter bees from returning and forcing them to relocate. You may continue to see carpenter bee activity after treatment because they are very territorial, coming back to the same site year after year. Once they realize that they have no chance of returning to their tunnel, they will move during that same season. This is why it is highly suggested that you schedule your preventative follow-up treatment for spring of next year after initial treatment.
Did you know woodpeckers love carpenter bees? Carpenter bee larvae is a prime food source for those noisy birds! A fantastic by-product of a preventative carpenter bee service is that your home will not be attractive to woodpeckers, eliminating their unwanted activity.
What makes Cooper Pest Solutions different from other pest control companies near me?
Our knowledge of carpenter bee biology allows us to create cutting-edge treatments to successfully eliminate residential carpenter bee problems. The Cooper methodology is based on scientific research, which is what sets us apart from the competition. Cooper Pest Solutions was founded on family values and continues to excel while keeping everything close to home.
All of our research and pest methodologies are rooted in science, backed and refined by our lead entomologist Rick Cooper. Cooper is a world-renounced Doctor of Entomology, whose work for the industry at large is featured in standard entomology texts, distributed throughout the country. Cooper edited the Bed Bug Chapter in the pest management industry’s most well respected textbook reference, the “Mallis Handbook of Pest Control 9th Edition” and co-authored the “Bed Bug Handbook - The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control,” which remains the only current comprehensive text on bed bug control. While most pest control companies follow the wave of trial and error, Cooper Pest Solutions stands out with our targeted treatment with roots in science.
Our Commitment to Providing Wow Service
We pride ourselves on quality and efficiency for all pest treatments that we provide in Manalapan, NJ. All of our staff go through extensive training to provide the WOW experience and the consistent service that our customers have come to expect. We stand by our services, so all of our programs including our carpenter bee services have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To learn more, please call us at 1-800-949-2667 or CLICK HERE to fill out our FREE estimate form.