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How To Control Carpenter Bees

While there are some bees that are beneficial to the ecosystem and are discouraged from being controlled on a property, there are other bees which are just the opposite and are destructive pests. This is certainly the case with the Carpenter Bee. This nuisance pest is unwelcome in homes and if left untreated can be damaging especially to wood elements of your home. There are over 500 different species of Carpenter Bees and unlike other types of bees like the honey bee and bumble bee, the carpenter bee is a solitary creature and prefers to be left alone rather than coexist in large colonies. They are called “carpenter bees” because of their tendency build their nest in some type of wood.

Carpenter bees are perhaps the most troublesome of the bees because of the damage they can cause to wood. Often confused with bumble bees, they are roughly the same size and color but are not as fuzzy. Female Carpenter Bees can drill into wood and lay eggs. The holes they create in homes can be a problem which can lead to other insects using the holes to gain access into your home. 

If you have a carpenter bee problem on your property, worry no more. Solutions Pest & Lawn knows just how to get rid of this pest and can help you to eliminate them yourself by offering helpful how-to guidance as well as the best in carpenter bee control products. Check out our carpenter bee control products below. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us via phone, online live chat or email and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

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How To Get Rid of Carpenter Bees: 4 Step Process

Step 1: Identification - Before proceeding with a control program it is important to be absolutely sure that what you are dealing with is, in fact, a carpenter bee. Very often we have customers confuse bumble bees with carpenter bees because of their similar appearance. Bumble bees and carpenter bees are about the same size (3/4 inch) and are colored yellow and black. The main difference is that bumble bees have hairy bodies while carpenter bee bodies are hairless and shiny. If you are not sure what type of bee you have, you can try to take a picture of the bee and send it our way at identification@solutionsstores.com.  We have licensed entomologists on hand who can ID the bee for you and can also give you recommendations for control. Below are some general steps we suggest to eliminate carpenter bees.


Step 2: Inspection - To begin, we suggest performing a detailed inspection of your property for areas where you suspect carpenter bee activity. Carpenter bees are most active in the spring and fall season and they can give off signs of their presence fairly easily with their conspicuous damage of drilling holes into wooden elements, usually around the exterior of the home. Keep an eye out for holes made in wood siding, railings, fencing and other wooden elements. Other signs include yellow fecal stains on wood and sawdust (frass)


Step 3: Control - Using one of our suggested pesticide sprays, such as Fipronil Foaming Aerosol it is recommended that you begin spraying areas where carpenter bees have drilled their holes and made galleries. Follow the usage rates listed on the pesticide labels and spray any area susceptible to infestations like eaves, railings, posts etc. We recommend spraying one time a month as needed during the active carpenter bee season. Another option includes using a residual insecticide dust and dusting all new openings. We carry a variety of dusts and dusters that can make application convenient. Once the galleries have been treated, use wood putty to seal up the holes to prevent reinfestation. There is a possibility that you can be stung by carpenter bees during treatment so we recommend exercising the proper precautions to ensure the highest amount of safety. This includes wearing long sleeve clothing, gloves, goggles and other protective equipment like bee suits.


Step 4: Prevention - Once the infested wood has been treated, we recommend carrying out some preventative measures. Using a insecticide concentrate such as Dominion 2L, mix the concentrate in a sprayer and then spray the perimeter of the area. Apply to the wood and spray to the point that the wood is wet. For best results, this preventative application should be done at least two or three times during the peak carpenter bee season in early Spring into the early part of summer. 

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