Carpenter bees are necessary pollinators and they are not aggressive. However, these bees damage wood structures surrounding your home. If you need an exterminator in Severna Park, discover Raven Termite and Pest Control. We keep carpenter bees at bay during the spring and summertime.
The Difference Between Carpenter Bees and Bumblebees
Carpenter and bumblebees are commonly mistaken for each other. Carpenter bees have a rather hairless shiny black abdomen. On the other hand, a bumblebee has fur that covers most of its body. Bumblebees also have black and yellow contrasting bands covering its length while carpenter bees have a metallic purple sheen. While carpenter bees do not swarm, bumblebees live in hives so they can make honey.
Common Places to See Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are attracted to unfinished wood on sheds, garages, fences, playsets and porches. They create their nests in wood by tunneling upwards. Sometimes they start with existing tunnels and further the damage. So, if you have carpenter bees year after year, the damage will be significant. If the nests are in porch steps, it can cause them to snap when they are stepped on. Watch out for nests in the railing of a balcony, it can cause it to collapse.
How to Prevent Damage
If you notice sawdust outside of circular holes in wood, yellow splatter beneath your gutters, or hear scraping sounds coming from wood, it is likely you have a carpenter bee issue. To help prevent damage, you should replace all damaged wood with chemically treated lumber, fill nail holes, fix cracks with caulk, and paint surfaces with primer and two coats of paint.
Raven Termite and Pest Control: Exterminator in Severna Park
Our best advice is to call a professional pest control company to get rid of carpenter bees. At Raven Termite and Pest Control, we have over 18 years of experience ridding homes, offices, and apartments in the Greater Baltimore and Washington D.C areas of unwanted pests. We carry the appropriate licenses from the Maryland Department of Agriculture for pest control specialists. Whether it’s bees, cockroaches, squirrels, termites, bats, birds, ants, or bed bugs, our pet-safe solutions will do the trick. For a free estimate or to contact us today, click here!