There are some crazy reality shows coming into our living rooms lately. From shows about people’s unclean homes and disgusting jobs to being married to a complete stranger, the list goes on and on. You can even poke around and find those documentary type videos that show how stuff is made, and that’s pretty neat. Maybe it’s time for a ‘What is THAT?’ or ‘What type of bug is THAT?’ program. Here at All-American we offer a service where you can upload a photo of your ‘bug’ in question and we’ll peek at it and get back to you a.s.a.p. All you have to do is go to our ask the bug pro page, fill out the form, upload the image and leave the rest to us!
A commonly misunderstood and misidentified pest is the carpenter bee. Many people see this pest and think it’s just a stray bumble or honey bee that has some kind of a genetic anomaly because it isn’t colored correctly. People are often very confused because the female carpenter bee is all black, and the male has a black torso with orange and black on their abdomen. These bees sure look differently from any other quintessential yellow and black bee out there.
Their differences lie not only in their coloring but also with other facets of their lives. Here are the major ways that carpenter bees differ from other bees:
Carpenter bees are a solitary insect, which means that they live and nest alone. They aren’t dependent on a hive for any reason. They find their own water and food sources and find and make their own galleries for laying their eggs.
Male carpenter bees are unable to sting; however, the females can. A male carpenter bee will be very aggressive and fly around a threat to scare it away even though it can’t sting, especially to protect its nest. Females usually only sting as a last resort and only if they are being ‘handled’.
Carpenter bees bore small holes into untreated wood to make galleries for their young. These holes are nearly perfect round holes that are approximate ½ an inch in diameter. You will often find new holes drilled next to and around old holes. Carpenter bees will return to reuse the gallery year after year.
Woodpeckers can do great damage to buildings that have carpenter bee galleries in them. Woodpeckers destroy the wood to get at the eggs, larvae, or bees that are inside the holes.
It’s almost spring and it’s time to think about the presence of these and other pests. Whether you own a business or home, pests can be a dangerous and destructive as well as a health risk to you, your loved ones, your customers, your employees, and your pets. Having proper pest control measures is truly the best and most complete way to ensure that you are doing all you can do to be in control of your property.
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