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Carpenter bees are some problematic pests that really can damage the integrity of your wooden structure once they find some suitable wood to tunnel their way in. Different from another wasp that you are used to seeing, carpenter ants do not construct a nest from scratch. Instead they see out uncovered pieces of wood, usually logs or beams made out of softwood such as cedar. They carve out holes with the help of their mandibles that are about 16mm in circumference.
If you suspect a carpenter bee presence anywhere near or on your property, contact carpenter bee removal Toronto for quick and safe removal.
Contrary to popular belief the carpenter bee does not eat the wood, instead, it digs perfect circular tubes inside of wood. Carpenter bees are known as solitary bees because they do not have a cell structure. Instead all the ‘cells’ are separated and spaced out. A sign of spotting carpenter bees depends on usually two things. The first finding holes and the second where you need to keep your eyes peeled. Sawdust, also known as ‘frass’ can be found directly under an entry-point. Frass looks a lot like wood dust or fine wood shavings and it comes from the tiny pieces of wood the bee discards when it creates a nest. It can even use those same pieces to make compartments for its broods and pollen.
The first step in tackling the carpenter bees is to first identify the species as such. Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumblebees because of the way they look so similar. The biggest difference in recognizing whether you are dealing with either one of the species it is important to look if the abdomen is shiny or not. Bumblebees have a fairly hairy abdomen and carpenter ants have a shiny luminous abdomen with slight blue discoloration.
Carpenter ants prefer to breed in softwoods such as cedar and pine woods. As mentioned before you can look for frass. When you find new fresh holes which you can see from the discoloration of the wood. You might find some older homes, which you can seal up to prevent other older homes. The first step is to inject air foam inside the holes. What it does is that it expands and fills the hole completely. Spend about three to four seconds in every hole. After that you have to seal all the holes with wood putty. For prevention you might want to use insecticide and an applicator to spare the area several times in the span of several months to keep the bees at bay.
If you suspect any wasp presence it is best to call a local wasp control service to take care of the problem in a fast and efficient way. These experts are licensed professionals that can handle any case regardless of the extent of the infestation. This guarantees complete removal of the wasps and avoids bodily harm.