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What Dallas Residents Should Know About Carpenter Bee Pest Control!
The carpenter bee fits the “solitary” insect species classification, meaning it does not live or travel in colonies. Solitary insects have no need for nests because there is no colony to shelter. The carpenter bee species also fits the “parasocial” insect species classification, meaning it can travel in pairs during the breeding season. When a male and female carpenter bee pair up, they will remain together throughout their lifetime.
The adult carpenter bee grows up 1-1/2” in length. The main identifying characteristics utilized by scientists and exterminators is coloration. The female is solid black while the male is a mixture of orange and black. Differentiating between the carpenter bee and bumblebee is as simple as accessing the abdomen of both insect species. The carpenter bee’s abdomen is glossy black while the bumblebee’s abdomen is covered with tiny hairs that give the appearance of “fuzzy.”
Why Is My Property Invaded With Carpenter Bees?
Carpenter bees generally do not create infestations because they are not social. However, these insects do build nests during the breeding season. The next will continuously be utilized from this here on out every breeding season. So, if an empty nest is discovered on your property, you can guarantee the carpenter bee pair will return the next breeding season. To avoid this, it is recommended to remove the empty next as soon as possible.
Carpenter bees erect nests inside deteriorated wooden structures via bored holes, making them extremely difficult to detect. In addition to the damage caused by the boring, woodpecker damage is also inevitable. Woodpeckers are drawn to carpenter bee larvae, which is where the secondary damage comes into play. The woodpecker will continuously peck the bored holds, resulting in larger bored holes and more damage.
Do Carpenter Bees Carry Disease And Parasites?
Carpenter bees are not considered disease-carrying insects. However, there is always the risk of a bite by the adult female carpenter bee. The adult carpenter bee has a stinger, not the adult male. So, if you are stung, you can contribute it to the female.
With this said, the carpenter bee has a timid nature, reducing the risk of a bite. The danger of being attacked by this bee species is less likely compared to yellowjackets.
What Is The Best Pest Control Approach To A Carpenter Bee Infestation?
We believe professional pest control is the best approach. This strategy includes extermination and removal of nests. To prevent woodpecker damage, removal of the carpenter bee nest is crucial. Our goal is to target the live insects, followed by the nest. If you do not remove the nest, the carpenter bee pair will return, resulting in more boring and woodpecker damage.
DIY pesticides are rarely effective against carpenter bee infestations. However, this pest control option is better than no action. We are here to help whenever you become overwhelmed or feel like throwing in the towel. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Dallas exterminators to request your free pest inspection.
Will DIY Pesticides Work To Control Carpenter Bee Population?
Over-the-counter pesticides are effective in eradicating mild carpenter bee problems. In severe infestations, which are extremely rare, these products will not have any positive impact. We recommend professional-grade pesticides combined with the safe removal of the nest. If the nest is permitted to remain intact, a future carpenter bee infestation is inevitable.
Does Carpenter Bee Insecticides Contain Chemicals?
Conventional insecticides and pesticides do contain chemicals that pose environmental risks. With the help of EPA guidelines and manufacturer recommendations, Dallas exterminators can freely treat carpenter bee infestations with little no negative impact on the environment. To further decrease these risks, our exterminators refuse to administer chemical-based pesticides with the impacted property owner present.
Only when the property is vacant will the exterminator initiate the pest control treatment. With the carpenter bees out of the way, the exterminator will begin to tackle the larvae and nest. This is a complex process that requires a strategic removal plan. We will not quit until the nest is completely removed to ensure no future infestations.
What Steps To Take To Prevent Future Carpenter Bee Infestations?
As previously mentioned, we remove the nest to fight against future infestations. As long as the nest is present, there is always the risk of a future infestation in the next breeding season. Our job is to prevent this from happening by eradicating the carpenter bees and nest.
When Will The Exterminator Perform The Carpenter Bee Inspection?
We will dispatch the exterminator out to your property within 24 and 48 hours of the initial request. Our goal is to deliver a quick response to all pest control service requests. If you believe your carpenter bee problem is an emergency, please feel free to ask about our emergency and same-day pest control services. Both of these services are ideal for emergency carpenter bee infestations.