If you’ve seen bees flying around under the eaves of your home or burrowing into the wood around your door or other areas on the exterior of your house, you may be dealing with carpenter bees. These bees don’t live in hives; they bore into wood and live there. The female will bore elaborate tunnels in the wood to make her nest. That is where she raises her young. As you can guess, boring into the wood then tunneling to create the nests can cause structural damage to homes if there are several bees present. And when the babies hatch, that can create an increase in carpenter bee population; so, bee removal services may be necessary.
Carpenter Bee or Bumble Bee?
Carpenter bees are not bumble bees, and they are actually quite different. While bumblebees are very social, living in underground nests or nests in voids, carpenter bees tend to be loners; although, they may live near each other to help protect nests. Their appearance is also different. Bumblebees are yellow and black or sometimes orange and black with a full coating of hairs on the abdomen. Carpenter bees do not have this, and their abdomens are a slick, shiny black.
Destructive or nuisance?
The male carpenter bee is unable to sting. He makes up for it by acting aggressive and intimidating, hovering near the nests and darting after anything that may come near, including humans. Often male carpenter bees will hover and even dart after people who move quickly or come too close to the nest. Although they are harmless, this is often what first prompts people to seek bee removal services. The female carpenter bee is capable of stinging, but she is very docile and will not sting unless she is extremely provoked.
The tunnels and holes they create in the wood of houses can cause structural damage. This is why it is best to keep them away from your house.
When to seek Bee Removal Services
If you notice small holes in your wood siding, under the eaves, or in the wood around doors, windows, decks, or porches you very well could have carpenter bees. If you see several holes, you should call a professional to check it out. As the female lays her eggs, those bees can grow up and begin boring holes in that same area. This can result to costly damage to your home. It isn’t worth the risk.
If carpenter bees are hanging around your house it is better to be on the safe side and give us a call. At North Fulton Pest Solutions our bee removal services just may help save the structural soundness of your home. One of our experienced, professional technicians will come to your home, inspect your property, and assess the amount of carpenter bee activity that is present. They will then get rid of the bees and advise you on what steps to take to protect your home from future infestations. Don’t wait until the bees get out of hand and the damage is severe. Call us today.