How to Prevent Carpenter Bee Damage

How to Prevent Carpenter Bee Damage

Carpenter bees are known to cause damage to wooden structures in and around the property. These bees are often confused with bumblebees in the way they look. In reality, these bees have very different breeding and nesting habits. Carpenter bees prefer to create nests into untreated softwood, which is not covered in bark. They create these incredibly perfectly shaped circular nests that can easily be mistaken for drill holes. They are often about 16mm in diameter. Carpenter bee damage might not seem very bad at first, but once you realize that these bees create several holes next to each other and come back the next year, you might start to think differently about these buzzing excavators.

If you suspect a carpenter bee presence anywhere near or on your property, contact carpenter bee removal Toronto for quick and safe removal.

The bee in itself is very interesting and fascinating because the idea of a bee goes together with a hive which it does not have. 

As previously mentioned before, these bees are often mistaken for bumblebees, but if you know what to look out for, identifying these bees can make the job much easier. The carpenter bee’s body is all-black with a shiny smooth abdomen. The color is metallic, which is a blueish-green in color. The abdomen of the carpenter bee is hairless and is not marked with any district markings such as with the bumblebee, which has a hairy abdomen and has black and yellow stripes. 

The size of the carpenter bee also varies from being 3/4 to an inch in length, whereas the bumblebee can be 1/2 to 1 inch in length. These bees are worth observing from a distance and one should not get too close, or will run the risk of getting stung by the female. Males, however, do not have this ability and show a display of aggression by hovering very close to a person. 

There are several ways to prevent carpenter bee damage. One of the most popular non-toxic ways is to make a carpenter bee trap. The trap is essentially a cinder block with a hole pierced in it attached to a mason jar. The carpenter bee will think that the hole is a good place to nest and will enter. Unknowingly trapping herself. You will see an accumulation of bees, if all goes well, in the span of a few days. 

The second might tackle the problem more directly. Carpenter bees do not like treated wood. They rather stay away from it. To prevent carpenter bees from settling, you can apply a lick of varnish on all the wooden structures. To seal up pre-existing carpenter bee holes, (remember carpenter bees can occupy old holes) you can buy seal-up putty to seal up the holes. This reduces the chance that the bees can settle again. 

To effectively and quickly remove and prevent carpenter bee presence, you might have to hire a professional Pest Control Toronto company in the Greater Toronto Area. Licensed technicians are trained and knowledgeable in the safe removal of bees across the region.