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What’s All the Buzz About Carpenter Bees?

Posted by: Cooper Pest - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recently at Cooper, the phones have been ringing off the hooks with carpenter bee calls. So what’s the big deal? Carpenter bees, which are often mistaken for bumble bees due to their similar appearance, are not typically a danger to you, but they can be to your home. They aggressively attack homes, especially along the eaves of roofs where they drill holes and chew into the wood where they build a nest to raise their young. In the fall, new carpenter bees tend to use these tunnels to survive the cold winter increasing the number of bees and the damage they will create the next spring. Once a home gets carpenter bees the issue tends to reoccur each spring. Many of our customers are also seeing woodpecker damage associated with the carpenter bee activity. The woodpeckers create large holes at the surface of the wood to get to the immature carpenter bees developing in the tunnels. Fortunately, unlike bumble bees, it is very rare for a female to sting an individual unless seriously provoked. Better yet, despite their aggressive behavior, male carpenter bees do not poses a stinger and are entirely harmless. It’s easy to tell if you have carpenter bees if you see big black and yellow bees hovering around the eaves of your home, deck railings, or other wooden structures as this telltale carpenter bee behavior. You may also see other signs such as perfectly round holes or yellowish brown staining on the wood beneath the holes.

If you suspect carpenter bees are damaging your home, give us a call at 1-800-949-2667 and we can break the carpenter bee cycle. To learn more, visit our carpenter bee service page.

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