Carpenter Bees

8:18 AM

Have you ever seen a few bees hanging around your porch or house and wondered when they’ll go away? You can hear them working hard, but don’t know where they’re coming from? Look closer; they might be drilling holes in your house!
I received a call from one of my tenants the other day letting me know that these critters were all over the back porch. When I arrived, there was no mistaking them. They were coming from all directions.
They build their nests within these holes and can cause significant damage to the exterior of your home.

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Carpenter Bees are interesting. Did you know?
• Female carpenter bees do the most damage
• Male carpenter bees discover the source, but don’t cause the damage
• Male carpenter bees won’t sting
• Some carpenter bees look similar to bumble bees
• They’ll come back to the same place next year
• They hover
Leave it to the experts to get rid of these insects. The males do not sting, but the females will. They need to be treated with the right chemicals on more than one occasion. The holes can be filled with caulk and you might want to consider painting over the holes.

If you have any questions about carpenter bees, contact your local Bird, Bat and Bee experts!

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  1. we had carpenter bees drilling hole in our wooden
    swing set!! thanks for this information.
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    happy spring!

  2. OOOOOH! I hate carpenter bees. We had a terrible experience with them in our last home. They were under the siding!! And in the swing set. They are very intimidating!! The kids wouldn't even go out to play in early spring because of them. Great topic and very informative! Thanks much!!

  3. Yikes! Pesky invaders are no fun! Saying hi from VB

  4. Our siding is Western Cedar and these bees got so bad we had to get someone to come out and spray. This is the third year since the spraying and they seem to still be going elsewhere after checking us out. We call them wood bees here in Arkansas.

  5. Yuck! We had an ant issue. We dealt with that in a not very environmentally friendly way. One minor fly problem we had was helped with our old friend...the central vacuum:)

  6. They better not come near my new house...thanks for the tips!

  7. We have old wooden steps that have to be taken out, because they are riddled with carpenter bee holes. They are so mean and aggressive, sometimes I can't do any yard work. The females lay their eggs in those holes, so they are very protective, and they are also very difficult to kill. I was stung by one on my ankle, and I could not walk for about 10 minutes, with excruciating pain. Then, it went away.

  8. Great information about bees. We are fortunate not to have them buzzing around here.


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