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It honestly doesn’t matter what type of bee you are looking at or dealing with, you are likely going to be hesitant. And this is a good thing, as some species of this stinging nuisance can be deadly to specific individuals. Some people are deadly allergic to the bee’s saliva and chemicals. It would only be considered natural to fear the bee on some level. With this in mind, there are some species of bees that aren’t that threatening at all. They are just a bit misunderstood and one of nature’s most beneficial pollinators. This would be the case for the carpenter bee and why extreme caution needs to be taken when removing this flying nuisance from the property.
What Is A Carpenter Bee?
The first thing you are probably wondering is, what is the carpenter bee and how is it different from other flying threats? This is an excellent question, and it starts with their habitat. Unlike the honeybees and many other species, the carpenter bee does not live in a hive. No, you will not find them burrowed into the ground like the ground bee. Instead, they like to make their homes in softwoods. Unfortunately, this could mean the siding of your home, and this is where all the potential problems start.
Because of this very characteristic, the carpenter bee can become a homeowner’s worst nightmare. What’s even worse is they’ll return year after year until they are deterred from their nest. They do hibernate during the winter, but they have the prowess to return year after year until convinced not to return.
Not A Stinging Insect
Believe it or not, the carpenter bee doesn’t pose much of a physical threat. The male of the species doesn’t even have a stinger. While this isn’t the case for the female of the species, she is one of the most docile flying pests you will ever encounter. She likely won’t even get aggressive when approached. This being said, it doesn’t mean the female isn’t a nuisance. In fact, she is the very member that burrows into your wood, creating perfectly round holes.
When inside the burrowed-out hole, they like to turn 90 degrees and create a tunnel down the length of the piece of wood. The larvae will then be laid out in separate chambers. As the larvae grow, it will exacerbate the damage to your wooden structures. On wooden structures that are located outside this creates the potential for water to get into the chambers and rot the wood.
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They Attract Woodpeckers
As you can see, the carpenter bee is a nuisance on its own. However, it is also an attractor of the woodpecker, which even creates a whole host of other problems. Woodpeckers can cause major damage to wood structures while searching for the grubs. When the eggs hatch and the larvae start maturing, they create the most delicious little morsels for woodpeckers. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be followed by the woodpecker tapping out the length of the tunnel, trying to pull for the grubs from each chamber. Either way, it’s not a situation you want on your property.
Carpenter bees alone can be a nuisance, but with the potential to draw woodpeckers, it only makes the situation all that much worse. With their ability to return to the same wooden structures year after year, treatment is not something you’ll want to put off. Give us a call today and we’ll get someone on the property tomorrow!