The Problem With Carpenter Bees On Your Suffolk Property 

April 15, 2021

Stinging insects are scary, flying insects are creepy, so what do you do when faced with a pest that can sting and fly around your head? Bugs such as wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and horse flies are some of the most hated backyard infiltrates around Suffolk. Stinging insects are known for their territoriality, and aggressive behaviors when faced with strangers who accidentally pass by their nests. However, there is one form of a stinging insect that is far less aggressive than any other species: the humble carpenter bee. 

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Carpenter bees are some of the largest stinging insects in the United States, measuring in at a whopping ½ to 1 inch. They may look similar to bumblebees at first glance, but their similarities are only superficial at best. Here are a couple of distinguishing characteristics to help you identify this species in your own lawn:  

  • Large, chunky body frames 

  • A light fuzz covering only the thorax of the carpenter bee body 

  • Shiny, black abdomens that take up about half of the entire body  

  • Carpenter bee males may be somewhat more aggressive than the females, hovering over the heads of trespassers in an effort to scare perpetrators away from their nests.

  • But don’t be fooled: these pests rarely sting, if ever. Their true cause of damage lies in the large structural holes they bore into the sides of homes, garages, and outbuildings. 

How To Tell If You Have A Carpenter Bee Problem On Your Suffolk Property

Carpenter bee stings may be rare, but they still hurt when they happen. More, they can be extremely dangerous to those who are allergic to their stings, increasing hospitalization risks. It should be mentioned that carpenter bee larvae implanted in bored holes may attract woodpeckers and other birds close to the sides of the home. These birds may be beautiful, but they are wildly destructive as well.  

There are a couple of ways to locate carpenter bee activity around your home, many of which can be monitored without the danger of accidental stings, such as:

  • Checking for large ½ inch holes around decks, patios, wood paneling, rooflines, and door frames.  

  • Looking for any signs of frass or light sawdust piled up around the entrance of bored holes. 

  • Keeping your eyes out for physical signs of carpenter bees, or woodpecker activity around the yard. 

If you have not yet spotted any of the signs of carpenter bees, you should begin prevention steps immediately, by:

  • Removing sources of water from around the yard. Filling in potholes, reducing standing water sources in tarps, and investigating the sources of vernal pools. 

  • Repairing your rooflines with new material or sealants.

  • Adding or installing metal flashing to the sides of your roof. This is an excellent way to mitigate carpenter bee activity while also increasing the value of your home.

Not sure if you are doing enough? Hometown Pest Control can help. Simply schedule an inspection with us today and get to the bottom of your issue now.

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