Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees, but they can be far more destructive to your home. In fact, their damage is often mistaken for that of carpenter ants or termites. That’s because carpenter bees bore long tunnels into wood and divide these tunnels into cells, creating complex galleries.
If you notice small holes in the siding of your home, eaves, deck or other wooden structures, Nature’s Way Pest Control can provide a free inspection to determine if the damage is caused by carpenter bees.
Our Carpenter Bee Control Process
Our experienced carpenter bee exterminators inject a naturally-formulated residual dust into the galleries to effectively destroy the colony, and use surface applications to the repel the carpenter bees. As eggs hatch, bees may resurface, which is why monthly follow up services are recommended.
Carpenter bees are very difficult to keep under control, and are often attracted to the same structure year after year. Our monthly carpenter bee pest control program includes regular inspectations to detect new activity and repeat injections and surface applications as needed to maintain a residual barrier and prevent further infestation.
Get Started with a Free Carpenter Bee Inspection
If you need carpenter bee control in Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls or as far north as Plattsburgh NY, Nature’s Way can help. Call (518) 745-5958, or complete an online request for a free inspection. You can also contact our carpenter bee exterminators in Rutland, Burlington and throughout Western Vermont by calling (802) 855-2978.
About Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees in NY & VT are sometimes mistaken for bumble bees, since both are large with black and yellow coloring and fuzzy patches of hair on their thorax. However, bumble bees have yellow fuzzy abdomens, whereas carpenter bees have dark, shiny, hairless abdomens.
Unlike bumble bees and honey bees, carpenter bees are solitary, non-social bees, which means the females establish and tend to nests on their own, without the assistance of workers or drones. Despite their solitary name, multiple females may infest a single structure.
In the spring, female carpenter bees bore tunnels into wood and divide the tunnels into cells, where they lay their eggs. Flying from flower to flower, the female collects pollen and nectar to feed her eggs. The larva and pupa develop in the cells in early summer, and the adults emerge in late summer.
While damaging to your home, carpenter bees are rather harmless to people and pets. In fact, the males, which are most likely to come in contact with humans, don’t even have stingers. Only the female carpenter bee is capable of stinging, and unlike social species, carpenter bees will not attempt to defend their nests with aerial sting attacks. Stinging rarely occurs and is usually the result of provocation, such as touching or handling.
Since carpenter bees prefer bare wood, painting and staining wood may help deter them. It’s also important to seal cracks and crevices along your home’s foundation and walls with a silicone-based caulk. If you suspect you have a carpenter bee problem, please contact us, so that we can provide you with a free inspection and advise you on the best treatment plan for your property.