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Wood Bee And Carpenter Bee Control

Wood Bees & Carpenter Bees

Wood Bees & Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees or Wood Bees seem to be more common and widespread in the United States. This is a pest that will burrow into wood to build their nest, resulting in unsightly damage of natural wood facades and exposed structural timbers. Wood Bees will often return to the same nest hole year after year, bring their friends and off spring.

Wood eating Bees will also attack humans or animals that get too near the nesting area. The males become quite active in an attempt to attract females. There is no threat of being stung by male Wood Bees are not equipped with a stinger. The female Carpenter Bee is armed with a stinger and can pack quite a wallop. But she is normally not aggressive and if you stand still she may fly slowly around you, checking you out. She can tell that you are vertical and motionless, she may think you are a wooden pole or fence post.

Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees but do not have yellow markings. The females of most species are black or blue with a metallic sheen and may be up to 1 inch long, males look very similar to the females. In some species, the males are covered by light brown, light green, or yellowish-green hairs. Carpenter bees typically fly long distances and visit many kinds of flowers. They can also maintain their body temperature when the air is cool.

When female carpenter bees construct tunnels in solid wood, their chewing of the wood can be heard from several feet away. Piles of sawdust beneath or beside the nest entrance and the presence of bees in the area are clues to start looking for nesting holes. Compartments for the offspring are constructed in the tunnels and called Brood Cells. The cells are separated by partitions made with a mixture of sawdust and saliva. Damage from carpenter bees is usually cosmetic at first, but they often reuse to the same holes form year to year. So it is in your structures best interest to limit the population. Carpenter Bees are an important pollinator though and there is no need to rid the world of them. Under natural conditions the Wood Bees will use dead trees and weeds with heavy stalks for nesting.

The Wood Bees nest holes and Brood Cells will also attract Woodpeckers. The birds long carving beak will open up the cavities even further, resulting in more damage to your homes wood. When a home or cabin has the wood siding attacked, it may be penetrated completely through to the interior or structural members, leading to rot and moisture problems. It takes an infestation several years of neglect for serious structural damage to occur, but in some uninhabited Cabins or less used wooden buildings like sheds or Barns, significant damage can take place.

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