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Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees in Spring


Do you see large bees flying around your house? In the early spring you may be getting dive bombed by large bees with a shiny abdomen. Do you see saw dust coming out of holes that look like they were created by a drill? If so you probably have carpenter bees. Carpenter bees get their common name from their habit of boring into wood. Carpenter bees are not there to eat wood. They are chewing their way into the wood to create homes for themselves, so they can lay eggs. Unlike other common bees, such as honeybees and bumble bees that live in colonies, carpenter bees are not social insects and build individual nests into trees outdoors or into the frames, eaves or sides of buildings.

If you do see these bees contact Magic Pest Management and we can help. Servicing NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Nassau County, we will dispatch an inspector to inspect your home and verify what type of pest that you have. Magic will make recommendations of treatment type as well as recommend that you seal the wood or cover the wood after our control program is completed. If you do not you will leave yourself open to new bees infesting the wood year after year.

What Do Carpenter Bees Look Like?

Carpenter bees look are a large robust bee without hair on their abdomens. The abdomen on a carpenter bee is completely black it does not have any yellow marking on it. The do look similar to bumble bees in appearance.

Signs of an Infestation

You may realize in many different ways that you have a carpenter bee infestation. You may see large bees hovering around the exterior of your home or deck or any other untreated wood. You may see multiple bees flying at each other. In general, these are males protecting their nests from other males. They may even dive bomb us but we do not have to worry they do not have stingers. The females do so we suggest that you do not go near them. The most common signs of a carpenter bee infestation are the round, smooth holes that carpenter bees bore into wood. When Magic come to identify this pest we look for early damage to buildings, homeowners should regularly inspect the perimeter of the home and surrounding property for the presence of these holes and hovering bees.

Since carpenter bees prefer bare wood, painting and staining wood can sometimes help deter them. However, they will occasionally attack stained or painted wood. To avoid carpenter bees and prevent them from entering the home, seal cracks and crevices along the property's foundation and walls with a silicone-based caulk, repair any tears in screens, and keep doors closed at all times.

Carpenter Bee Damage

If carpenter bees are not dealt with and left alone year after year they can cause structural damage to your home, decking, fences or anything else that they choose to nest in. Magic will treat all the holes and the areas that the bees fly into. By doing this it will eliminate future damage. After the population is eliminated you should seal the surface of the wood to help prevent future damage.