Carpenter bees are stocky bees that look a lot like bumblebees. One easy way to tell them apart is that a carpenter bee's abdomen is smooth and shiny, but a bumble bee's abdomen is hairy.
Carpenter bees can be annoying and even scary to some people. They fly through the air, chasing each other around at breakneck speeds during their mating rituals; and their aggressive flight generates an audible buzz, so they can can appear very intimidating and menacing.
But it's all just a show. Male carpenter bees don't have stingers, and the females rarely sting. Most carpenter bee exterminators don't even wear bee suits when removing carpenter bees.
Carpenter bees are also pollinators and, in that regard, are beneficial insects. Like all true bees, they travel from flower to flower gathering nectar and distributing pollen.
As pollinators who rarely sting, carpenter bees are among the more likable bees. But they do have one very annoying and expensive habit: Carpenter bees drill holes.
In fact, carpenter bees drill precise, perfectly round holes in wood to make galleries in which to lay their eggs. Once they bore their way inside the wood, they bore out tunnels and lay eggs in them. Over time, they can cause extensive damage to the wood of houses, decks, lawn and patio furniture, playground equipment, and fences.
Carpenter bee problems can be especially serious in Georgia because of our many fine, old, historic wooden buildings. In historic cities like Columbus, Marietta, Peachtree City, and Atlanta, carpenter bee removal takes on special importance because of historic preservation considerations.
In addition to structural damage, carpenter bees create unsightly stains when wax and by-products drip from the holes. These ugly stains can be very difficult to remove and may necessitate replacing the damaged wood for aesthetic reasons.
Rid-A-Critter provides professional carpenter bee control and carpenter bee damage repair in Northern and Central Georgia, no matter where on your property the bees are nesting. We have the equipment and know-how to handle any carpenter bee job — even when the carpenter bees are nesting in high-up, hard-to-reach areas like roof soffits and fascia boards.
Carpenter bee control often requires working high up in the air, as at this carpenter bee removal job in North Macon.
Repairing even minor carpenter bee damage can be very difficult and hazardous because carpenter bees often drill holes in soffits, roof fascia boards, and other areas that are high up and require ladders or scaffolding. Repairing carpenter bee damage isn't a do-it-yourself kind of job.
That's why we also offer carpenter bee damage repair, in addition to carpenter bee extermination. We have the equipment and the know-how to do it safely and do it right, ranging from long ladders to cherry pickers and platform lift trucks. We also have technicians who aren't afraid of heights. It's kind of a requirement for the job.
For a prompt, professional carpenter bee removal estimate by one of our highly trained technicians and his fancy equipment, please contact us today.
Here are some pictures of carpenter bees and carpenter bee removal jobs we've done. (More to come: Stay tuned!)
Carpenter bee in Jackson County, Georgia
Carpenter bee debris on siding in Stockbridge
Carpenter bee hole in a railing
Carpenter bee drilling a hole in a deck railing
Carpenter bee frass (sawdust) from a single hole
Columbus, Georgia carpenter bee control job
Carpenter bee removal job in Lawrenceville, GA
Carpenter bee on a flower in Stockbridge
Carpenter bee damage to a fence in Norcross
Carpenter bees gathering nectar from flowers
Do-it-yourself carpenter bee control attempt
Carpenter bee holes in the wood of a house
Installing screening to keep carpenter bees out
Carpenter bee stains under the eaves of a house
Carpenter bee on a deck in Powder Springs
Carpenter bee holes in the wood of a house
Carpenter bee damage to a log cabin in Ellijay
Carpenter bee damage to a Loganville, GA home
Carpenter bee drilling into a home in Carrollton
Carpenter bee and woodpecker damage
Carpenter bees often attract woodpeckers
Carpenter bee frass (sawdust) in Locust Grove
Carpenter bee stains on a house in Suwanee
Close up of a carpenter bee
For help with carpenter bee removal or any stinging problem, please call us today.