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What is a carpenter bee?

Carpenter bees are a large solitary species of bee. Which means they won’t found in large swarms bees buzzing around your property. They are often mistaken for bumble bees but instead of being “fuzzy” all over they have abdomens that are black and shiny. They are yellow and black in color and often lack stripes. Adults range in size from ¼ to 1 inch in length.

carpenter bee on a tree trunk

Why do I have them?

Carpenter bees are drawn to properties that offer them easy access to food sources and places that they can create nesting tunnels in. Carpenter bees prefer softwoods like cedar and redwood but will create nests in untreated, unpainted wood. Common areas that nests are found are;

  • Decks

  • Porches

  • Sheds

  • Garages

  • Play structures

Carpenter bees hibernate over the winter in abandoned tunnels and then emerge in the spring to mate and create new nesting areas to lay their eggs in. They also return to the same nesting areas year after year.

Are Carpenter bees dangerous?

They can be.  Female carpenter bees have the ability to sting. Their venom is powerful enough to cause an allergic reaction in some people. However, female carpenter bees are fairly docile and will only sting if they are being directly threatened or handled. Males are much more hostile and will aggressively buzz and fly around the heads of perceived threats. The good news is, although they are aggressive in action, the males do not have the ability to sting. The real danger that carpenter bee’s pose is to the structural integrity of your home and other structures located on your property. The wood that they are tunneling and nesting in is weakened by their presence and handy work. Also, carpenter bee tunnels can attract woodpeckers. Woodpeckers peck at the tunnels in order to feed on the carpenter bee eggs and larvae within them, causing even more damage.

Is It Easy To Resolve Carpenter Bee
Problems Without Professional Help?

Do-it-yourself carpenter bee control is not recommended. Pesticides that are available at big box stores are often ineffective and will end up costing you more in both time and money. They can be dangerous for you, your family, pets, and plants if they are not mixed, placed or used properly. Also DIY pest control does not do anything to treat the root cause of your carpenter bee problem, which is why and how are they are invading into your property.  Another issue that makes treating these stinging insects hard, carpenter bees return to the same place year after year.  

How Quickly Can Schendel Help Me Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees?

In a flash! We are dedicated to making sure that we get help to you as quickly as possible. In most instances, Schendel will respond the same or very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Yes, our treatment methods are safe for use around people, pets, and plants. We use the least amount of material possible to solve your pest problem. We utilize natural products, baits, mechanical means, and conventional products. We follow very strict guidelines, and all of our conventional products are EPA registered. Our trained and experienced service technicians will also inform you of any specific safety measures that may need to be taken before treatment begins.

How much does it cost?

There are several factors that must be considered when treating carpenter bees so we are unable to provide a standard price for this type of treatment.  Request your free quote today and find out how we can help you and how much we'll charge.  

How can I prevent a carpenter bee problem in the future?

Here at Schendel, we recommend staining any unfinished wood and plugging any holes that they might use to nest in.  We also encourage property owners to contact us at the first signs of a problem for a comprehensive solution that targets the pest and the conditions that attract them.  


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