Though not typically aggressive, carpenter bees can be quite a nuisance nonetheless. These insects closely resemble bumble bees, but unlike the their hive-making counterparts, carpenter bees prefer wood for their homes. For any homeowner who has a wood deck, wood siding, or other wood structure, pest control experts warn that carpenter bees may soon be looming on the horizon.
Carpenter bees can reside in any wooden structure.
Carpenter bees don’t discriminate. They will drill into any wood surface. Whether fence, overhang, or door, a carpenter bee can make its home in it. Untreated wood presents the highest risk of carpenter bee infestation, though painted and sealed wood structures are not exempt from their activity. If you live in a home with wood additions or adornments, pest control experts recommend that you hire a specialist to perform a home inspection during the summer months. The sooner you can determine if you have a carpenter bee problem, the quicker you can address it.
Carpenter bees release waste stains.
Aside from the holes that carpenter bees make, homeowners may also notice yellowish-brown markings around them. These stains constitute the waste product that carpenter bees commonly leave on houses. As unsightly as they are difficult to remove, carpenter bee markings are one more reason why pest control experts advise that homeowners conduct preventative home inspections to avert this damage.
Carpenter bees attract other destructive predators.
Carpenter bees will lay their eggs in the holes left in your home. Woodpeckers love carpenter bee larvae and likely will show up at your house if your carpenter bee problem goes untreated. Once the woodpeckers arrive, they can cause greater structural damage to your home. Extremely persistent, these birds typically will not stop pecking at a carpenter bee hole until well after they have already eaten the larvae inside.
If you suspect that you have a carpenter bee problem, call the pest control experts at Skyline Pest Solutions. Serving those who live in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area, we can perform a thorough home inspection to determine if carpenter bees are present. To speak with one of our pest and wildlife control specialists, or to schedule an appointment, please call (678) 804-7102.