Carpenters are all about working with wood and what they create, build with this product. Well, carpenter bees are all about wood too. Only it’s about their preferred homestead and the destruction they cause when moving from natural elements to manmade structures.
The homes of these pests are referred to as having a gallery construction and they are labor intensive. Female bees may use existing nests at first. Later, numerous pathways or tunnels are often refurbished, extended, and added onto for several years. For house hunting locations, carpenter bees prefer wood that is greater than two inches thick. The entrance to their new home is a half inch wide, equal to the diameter of their bodies.
They literally drill into it, using their strong jaws and vibrating right into the wood.
Usually after clearing an inch or two, they proceed with right angle turns for another eight inches, going with the grain of the wood. Carpenter bees tend to be solitary and so most of them nest individually. Mothers and daughters may live together for a bit. They don’t mind close neighbors though, very close, nesting near each other within these gallery communities.
Unlike termites, these bees don’t eat the wood. They just make a mess with sawdust lying around. A good sign of where they’ve taken up residence. The flight pattern of the male is very erratic. Seeing this near your home or outdoor space is a clear sign of an infestation. The male acts tough, but really isn’t. He’s trying to scare away anyone that comes near to their home.
Let’s face it, any bee flying right at you is enough to turn you in the opposite direction! They can’t sting you though, they don’t have a stinger. Only the females have one. And they have to be really provoked to use it.
If they stay within natural settings, they are great little pollinators! So many of them tend to like the comforts of our homes though and that’s a big problem for us. Looking around your property, notice anything that has wood, because it is fair game for their home selections. It’s good to be aware of the signs of a pest infestation. Whether it’s window sills, eaves, furniture, or fence, they could choose any of these and so much more. It’s best to leave it to a pest control service to thoroughly eliminate them! Hi-tech Pest Control in Troy, MI can help. We have been successfully eradicating bed bugs and all pests for over 30 years. Don’t let a pest infestation take over your home or business. Call us today for a free inspection!