Now that spring is finally here, you may be looking forward to warmer weather, but this can also mean battling carpenter bees. Although they’re tiny, these bees can do major damage to wood structures. Ignoring the problem can eventually lead to the total destruction of a home or building. If you suspect you may have carpenter bees, here’s how to recognize you have this problem, along with ways to get rid of these destructive pests.
Carpenter bees look very much like bumble bees, but they’re considerably bigger. Also, unlike bumble bees, Des Moines carpenter bees have a black abdomen that’s covered with yellowish hairs. While carpenter bees have bare backs, the backs of bumble bees are hairy.
Another difference is their reproductive habits. Rather than reproducing in hives as bumble bees do, carpenter bees lay their eggs in holes they’ve created by drilling into wood.
Furthermore, they’re more of a problem than bumble bees, so there’s a greater need to eradicate them.
Carpenter bees generally attack bare wood, but they also drill their holes in stained wood. Fortunately, they leave painted wood alone simply because they don’t perceive it as wood. That’s why it’s a good idea to paint your wood surfaces to prevent an invasion.
Another way to prevent having carpenter ants is to spray pesticides that contain either deltamethrin or cypermethin on wood surfaces. These are products that are used to repel carpenter bees.
Some people suck out these bees by using a vacuum cleaner.
Insecticides are used for disturbing and vacuuming out bees. But the only way that this is effective is if a nest is somewhat new or you apply the insecticides during the early evening hours as this is the time that carpenter bees are in their nests and move slower.
Insecticides also work. Just be sure your dress properly to protect yourself. After making sure the bees are in their nest, apply the product.
Once completed, you could use putty or caulk to plug the entrances of carpenter bees. Then, paint over the putty or caulk.
Don’t procrastinate in getting rid of carpenter bees. If you don’t feel confident to do the job yourself, please call Miller Termite Pest Control. Our exterminators are specially trained and highly experienced, offering a wide range of pest control services for homeowners in the greater Des Moines area. Please contact us.