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Professional Carpenter Bee Pest Control Baltimore MD
The carpenter bee is an aggressive stinging insect. The species has both males and females. The male dies soon after breeding. He crawls into a previously burrowed tunnel to die. The female goes on to lay her fertilized eggs in the summer. She is expected to live for approximately one year in controlled environments.
The adult grows up 1-1/2 inches in length. Differentiating between the male and female carpenter bees is fairly simple. The female’s body is solid black, while the male is multi-colored orange and black.
The carpenter bee and bumblebee are very similar. The more noticeable difference between the two stinging insect species is the abdomen. The bumblebee’s abdomen is covered with fuzz. The carpenter bee’s abdomen is hairless.
Why Are Carpenter Bees Targeting My Property?
The carpenter bee is drawn to untreated, decaying wood. Downed trees, fence posts, mailboxes, and deck railing are a few examples. The insect favors softwood, such as cedar, spruce, redwood, pinewood, and the Douglas fir.
Contrary to belief, carpenter bees do not ingest wood. The insect utilizes its mandibles to bore tunnels in rotting wood. The gnawed wood ends up at the tunnel entrance. Instead of eating wood, the carpenter bee feeds on nectar and pollen.
Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?
Yes, carpenter bees are aggressive stinging insects. The insect becomes even more aggressive when under stress or threatened. Unfortunately for humans and animals, the carpenter bee nest is not always visible for afar, or short distances for that matter. Anyone or any animal can unknowingly approach the carpenter bee nest, placing themselves in great danger.
Carpenter bees spend hours burrowing holes in wooden structures. Experts believe the damage caused by these insects is minimal compared to that of the insect’s biggest predator. The woodpecker is drawn to carpenter bee larvae. The bird senses the larvae hidden deep inside the tunnels, where the female initially deposited them. Woodpeckers will dedicate endless hours of pecking just to reach the larvae, as it is the bird’s favorite snack.
What Is The Best Pest Control Solution For Carpenter Bees?
Professional carpenter bee management is the safest and most effective treatment available to consumers. Our professional pest control combines industrial-strength insecticides and traps to achieve maximum results in the shortest duration. However, we highly suggest starting with a visual inspection of the entire impacted property. As previously mentioned, the carpenter bee nest is difficult to locate, especially for those who are inexperienced. Besides, this is a very aggressive pest that poses a great danger to humans in the nearby vicinity of the nest.
Is DIY Pest Control Recommended For Carpenter Bee Nests?
No, this is one pest problem that should not be treated with over-the-counter insecticides. The carpenter bee is a solitary insect, meaning there is no colony. However, females are known to share their nests with other females. The more females utilizing the same nest, the more danger you face during the extermination process.
Our pest control experts utilize safety gear and powerful insecticides, administered with state-of-the-art equipment.
Is Carpenter Bee Insecticide Environmentally Unfriendly?
Conventional insecticides contain chemicals that pose some environmental risks when improperly handled, stored, and transported. Our pest control team is fully trained in chemical pesticide safety. We never administer any chemical-based insecticide before reading the manufacturer’s recommendations and administration tips.
In addition to the manufacturer’s recommendations, EPA pesticide guidelines help minimize the environmental risks associated with conventional pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the production and sale of all pest control products in the United States. Manufacturers are required to seek EPA approval before their pest control products can enter the American market.
How Do I Prevent Carpenter Bees From Returning Next Spring?
The carpenter bee is what scientists have deemed an “overwintering pest,” an insect that enters and remains in a deep sleep throughout the winter season. Overwintering, similar to hibernation, helps ensure the longevity of impacted inspect species, including the carpenter bee.
When the carpenter bee wakes up from overwintering, it is generally mid-spring, just in time for the breeding season. Carpenter bees are known to use the same nest each breeding season. So, it is not unusual for the insect to return to the same vicinity year after year. Or, at least, another pair of carpenter bees.
When Can I Expect The Exterminator To Perform The Inspection Of My Property?
If your service request is submitted, it will take between 24 and 48 hours to process, during the carpenter bee off-season. During the peak season, carpenter bee activity is at its highest, causing a higher demand for our pest control services. Your inspection request may be delayed up to 72 hours, but you will be notified just in time to schedule an appointment.
Why Hire Us!
- We are a locally owned and operated pest control company
- Our exterminators are certified to handle and administer pesticides
- We offer free inspections and consultations for our pest control services