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Professional Carpenter Bee Pest Control In Cleveland Ohio
The parasocial carpenter bee will sometimes pair with a mate or live alone. Carpenter bees have unique behaviors and physical characteristics that make them stand out above other similar flying insects. The adult grows up to 1-1/2 inches long, with the female being solid black and the male black and orange. The female has stinging capabilities that she puts to use only when her nest is threatened by human or animal predators.
Inexperienced individuals will sometimes confuse the bumblebee as a male carpenter bee because their colors are so similar. Exterminators have discovered that the best way to differentiate between these two insects is by examining the abdomen. The bumblebee’s abdomen is hairy while the carpenter bee’s abdomen is hairless, a glossy black.
Why Is My Cleveland Property A Carpenter Bee Target?
Carpenter bees are drawn to properties with rotting wood or wooden structures and untreated, weathered wood structures like a fence post, decks, and porches. The insect bores holes in the wooden surface to keep its nest out of predatory range.
Contrary to belief, the carpenter bee does not ingest wood. If you look closely, wood debris will be lying on the ground close to where the carpenter bee plans to build its nest. The bored holes are extremely difficult to detect unless you know exactly what to look for. So, it is easy to unknowingly approach a carpenter bee nest, putting yourself in harm’s way.
Do Carpenter Bees Transmit Disease?
No, carpenter bees do not carry diseases or parasites. And, since bites are extremely rare, the carpenter bee is not as dangerous as the yellowjacket and wasp. Since carpenter ants are not social insects, they generally travel and live alone or in pairs. The breeding season is once a year, generally during the middle or late spring.
Carpenter bees do cause some structural damage when erecting nests. However, the damage is generally minimal and normally involves decaying or untreated woodpiles and structures.
The real structural damage begins when the woodpecker gets involved. Woodpeckers are drawn to carpenter bee larvae in nests beneath the bored holes. Woodpeckers are diligent when it comes to carpenter bee larvae, which is why they continuously peck away at the bored holes. This behavior continues until the woodpecker achieves success or human intervention is initiated.
What Is The Best Pest Control Approach For Carpenter Bee Nests?
Carpenter bees bore holes in decaying tree stumps, downed trees, fence posts, and decks. Woodpeckers are drawn to the larvae, which is why pest control is so complex. It is crucial to eradicating the carpenter bees and larvae without harming the woodpeckers.
Is DIY Pest Control Recommended For Carpenter Bee Infestation?
Even though carpenter bees do not travel in colonies, females do share nests during the breeding season. When a large number of carpenter bee females share the same nest, there is room for an infestation. Even when the insects are not sharing their nests, they can target the same property, resulting in an infestation.
DIY pest control products are low-strength pesticide and insecticide formulas that are not recommended for carpenter bee extermination. It is also not recommended for inexperienced individuals to attempt a nest removal while the adult carpenter bees are still alive.
Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?
All stinging insects are dangerous, including the carpenter bee. While the female is more dangerous than the male, carpenter bees will join forces to keep predators at bay. As mentioned previously, carpenter bee nests are oftentimes ignored because they are not always visible. This is especially true for people who are not searching for the nest, just happens to enter the nearby vicinity.
Does Carpenter Bee Insecticide Pose Health Risks To Humans?
Chemical-based insecticides and pesticides do pose some human and environmental risks. To minimize these risks, our exterminators turn to pest control products that are approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is responsible for the manufacturing and sale of pest control products in the United States.
When Will The Exterminator Arrive At My Home To Initiate The Pest Control Process?
We need between 24 and 48 hours to process a carpenter bee inspection request. Once the request is processed, we will reach out to you regarding an appointment date. We allow our clients to choose an appointment date suitable for their schedule. If your schedule is hectic, we can perform the inspection while you are away at work or school.
How Can I Protect My Cleveland Property From A Repeat Carpenter Bee Infestation?
There are several things you can do until the exterminator arrives at your property. The first to eliminate all rotting wood from your property. We also recommend staining or painting untreated porches, decks, and sheds.
It is not recommended to remove a carpenter bee nest without the property equipment and skills. Our exterminators are fully prepared to take on carpenter bee infestations in all severity levels. The next step is to safely remove the wood or wooden structure that houses the larvae and nests.
Please feel free to direct your pest control questions contact our Cleveland exterminators.