Winter and early spring are good times of the year to control carpenter bees.
Damage by Carpenter Bees
The bees drill holes in unpainted wood and cause damage to fence, decks, and homes. These serve as galleries – places where they lay a few eggs and may overwinter. Carpenter bees are excellent pollinators, and there are many varieties of these large bees around Texas. They can cause thousands of dollars in property damage if not controlled.
How Do You Spot Carpenter Bees in Winter?
Thankfully, carpenter bees are semi-solitary. That means they don’t swarm like yellowjackets and honey bees when disturbed. You can spot their nests by looking for muddy plugs in fence posts, eaves of homes, decking material, and even along the exposed edges of foundations.
If there are a lot of nests, we destroy them so that they stop causing damage to your home.
Can you Prevent Carpenter Bees from Targeting Your Home
To a degree, yes. They tend to not like wood that is treated – painted, stained, etc. They primarily go after raw lumber. If you are building a deck, be sure to paint all sides of the boards and supporting posts. Check the eaves of your home and make sure the ends are painted. If you have a wooden fence, make sure it is stained or painted.
Carpenter Bees are one of the insects that we check for when we do a Wood-damaging-insect report for home sales. These bees are on par with carpenter ants, termites, and wood-boring beetles. They can cause significant damage to a home in a little amount of time.
For more information about controlling carpenter bees or other wood-destroying-insects, give us a call. We are certified to do advanced home inspections and determine if there are wood-destroying pests present. Our rates are affordable, and our services are efficient and comprehensive.