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Just about everyone has experienced an encounter with the bee population. Whether it been a honeybee colony you seen producing honey or a wasp burrowing into the wood, there is a good chance you’ve experienced the bee in its natural habitat at some point. While some people are deathly allergic to these species, there are some species of the bee that aren’t even aggressive.
Take the carpenter bee, for example. Although they don’t pose a physical threat, they can do immense amounts of damage to wooden structures, making them one of the most lethal flying nuisances homeowners stand to face. Therefore, it is more than imperative to learn everything you possibly can about this bee.
Understanding How Carpenter Bees Bore Into Wood
Most people know that termites eat wood, but they don’t have a clue the carpenter bee technically drills through wood. The males of the species might hang out around the nests, but it is the females that actually do the burrowing. They burrow into the wooden structures to create nests for larvae. The holes these bees make aren’t large in size, but they pose such a threat because they extend deep into the wood, offering the potential for splitting and cracking.
Most of the time they prefer wood that is two inches thick for these very purposes. The bees create tunnels that tare typically anywhere from 4 to 6 inches in length. However, what is more, threatening is they return year after year. While the bees do hibernate during the winter, they’ll return to the same wooden structures year after year to burrow and nest. They’ll do this until they are deterred from the area. You can likely already see the potential for problems here.
They Also Attract Woodpeckers
Female carpenter bees drilling into your wooden structures is scary alone. But, when you throw in the fact that tasty little larvae inside the wood attract woodpeckers, it makes the situation all that much worse. That’s right, woodpeckers eat the larvae inside the wood and will attack your wooden structures, trying to dig out the larvae. This just stands to create more damage to your already damaged wood structures. Throw in the fact that woodpeckers could potentially attract snakes, and the entire situation goes from problematic to deadly.
Unfortunately, this is just the cycle of nature and something we understand better than most. All you must do is get our offices on the line and we’ll get someone out to the property to jump on the situation immediately before it becomes a full-blown problem for you and your family. All this being said, there are things you can try on your own to prevent and deter carpenter bees. Do not be afraid to delve into some DIY tactics.
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