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Carpenter Bee Characteristics And Behavior – What You Should Know!
The carpenter bee is a species of “flying insects.” Much larger than the Perdita minima and Euryglossina clypearis, the carpenter bee sticks out in a crowd. The adult carpenter bee grows up to 1.5 inches in length, with the smallest measuring in at 0.5 inches. Differentiating between the male and female is simple, as the male is black and orange while the female is solid black. The carpenter bee is oftentimes confused with the bumblebee because both species share many of the same characteristics. Scientists suggest an assessment of the carpenter bee’s abdomen, which is glossy black. The bumblebee’s abdomen, on the other hand, is covered with fine hairs or “fuzz.”
Why Is My Property Under Attack By Carpenter Bees?
Unlike the honeybee, the carpenter bee is a “lone” insect. The carpenter bee generally travels, lives, and feeds alone, eliminating the need for a nest. However, there is one exception to this theory. When a male and female carpenter bee pair up, they will remain together for the entirety of their lives. They will build nests for their young, feed, and survive together. They have also been shown to utilize the same nest breeding season after breeding season.
If your home is under a carpenter bee attack, you can probably contribute it to softwood-producing tree species, such as spruce, fir, and pine. Carpenter bees are drawn to softwood, even though it is not part of their diet.
Are My Pets In Danger Of Carpenter Bee Attacks?
Scientists believe the carpenter bee’s timid nature protects humans and animals from getting stung more than they already do. The adult male does not have the stinging capability, only the female, which rarely puts it to use. Carpenter bees have power capabilities that permit them to sense danger, even when they are not being threatened. For example, a child playing in close proximity to a carpenter bee nest is viewed as a threat. Of course, the child has no intention of harming the carpenter bees or their nest, but this is not how they see it. The child is unaware of the danger he has found himself in. Fortunately, this is a carpenter bee nest and not a yellowjacket nest.
While yellowjackets do not normally colonize, they do build large nests that are protected to the highest extent. Yellowjackets do not give much thought before attacking their predators. In other words, the carpenter bee nest may not be the same level of threat to your pets as a yellowjacket or other high-aggressive bee species.
What Is The Safest Approach To Carpenter Bee Extermination?
Since carpenter bees are not social insects, colonizing is almost always off the table. Rarely, if ever do carpenter bee problems turn into infestations. However, a breeding pair of carpenter bees pose a grave danger to you and your family and pets. We highly suggest taking advantage of our carpenter bee control, a type of pest control that targets the carpenter bee species population. The process begins with a visual inspection of the impacted area, where the nest is located. The second step of the process is the development of an extermination and removal strategy. With your approval, the treatment is initiated and nest removed when the area is deemed “safe.”
Contact our local office to learn more about our pest control strategies.
Do Exterminators Recommend DIY Insecticides To Control The Carpenter Bee Population?
DIY pesticides and insecticides have shown some promise in mild carpenter bee cases. However, we do not recommend taking on a carpenter bee nest without the proper pest control skills, knowledge, and tools. Carpenter bees are less aggressive than some other bee species, but they are no less dangerous.
Are Conventional Carpenter Bee Insecticides Harmful To The Environment?
It is true, conventional insecticides contain chemicals that are considered “toxic.” Two examples include polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl, which belong to a group of chemicals known as PFAS. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is following these chemicals closely, The agency oversees the development and sale of chemical-based pesticides and insecticides in the United States.
The agency recently announced that PFAS were found in tap water utilized for drinking purposes. The agency is dedicated to protecting the environment and humans by findings way to minimize the risk of pesticide chemical exposure.
What Is The Best Carpenter Bee Infestation Prevention Method?
There is no one pest control product or method that has the capability to prevent future infestations following a carpenter bee infiltration. To avoid future infestations, a customized pest management strategy is a necessity. The strategy must identify and address the property’s vulnerabilities to generate satisfactory results. One such vulnerability is softwood, the main contributor to the initial carpenter ant problem.
How Long Will It Take To Get A Carpenter Ant Inspection?
A carpenter ant inspection and/or consultation request takes between 24 to 48 hours to process. If you believe your problem should be addressed as an emergency, do not hesitate to ask about our same-day and emergency pest control services.
We are conveniently located in the city to ensure the speediest response to the community’s pest control requests. We offer free residential and commercial pest inspections, consultations, and quotes. We adjust our pest control prices to make them competitive with our top extermination competitors. Our pest control targets nearly every insect and rodent species imaginable. Whether you are dealing with a carpenter bee issue or an ant, termite, or rat infestation, we are here to help.