What are carpenter bees?
Carpenter bees are a large species of bee commonly found in Middle Tennessee.
They range in size from ½ to 1½ inches in length.
Their abdomen is black and shiny. Males are orange and black and females are completely black.
Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumblebees but, unlike bumblebees which are very social, carpenter bees are a solitary insect.
Are carpenter bees dangerous?
Male carpenter bees cannot sting but are extremely aggressive and will buzz around your head in an effort to keep you away from their nest. Females are capable of stinging but, unless handled or threatened, rarely do. However, if you are stung, there is the possibility of an allergic reaction occurring.
While carpenter bees create tunnels in wood, it's woodpeckers that do the most damage. Woodpeckers peck at and destroy the infested wood in an effort to get at the carpenter bee larva that is located inside the wood tunnels.
Why do I have a carpenter bee problem?
Wood is not a food source for carpenter bees. Instead, they use the wood in and around your home to make tunnels for a nesting area and a place to overwinter. Carpenter bees enjoy making nests in wood that is unpainted and prefer weathered softwoods. Decks, porches, and sheds generally meet their needs. Breeding pairs often come back to the same area year after year which can increase the damage done to your structure.
How do I get rid of carpenter bees?
Here at All–American Pest Control, we offer our Perimeter Plus pest control for homeowners dealing with carpenter bees. This home pest control program also targets over 47 different pests. Offering the most effective pest control in Middle Tennessee, All-American Pest Control is ready to help you get rid of carpenter bees and whatever else is bugging you. Schedule your free home evaluation or reach out to learn more about our commercial treatment options for carpenter bees.
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Can I do it myself?
Carpenter bees can be a difficult species to control. You need to make sure that all the tunnels the they have created have been treated so that no bees remain or they will just come back to the same spot the next year. There is also the possibility of being stung and having a severe allergic reaction. If you have a carpenter bee problem, it is best to contact All-American Pest Control today.
Why choose All-American Pest Control?
At All-American Pest Control, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your carpenter bee problem, we've been taking care of pests for over 50 years. With us on the job, you’ll receive trained professionals, serious commitment, and thorough treatments.
How can I prevent a carpenter bee problem in the future?
The best way to prevent carpenter bees from choosing your property for their nests is to paint and stain wooden structures around your home like porches, sheds, and decks. Carpenter bees do not like to make nests in treated wood so this can be an effective deterrent method.