April 12, 2017
Are you seeing bumble bees zipping around on your property--bumble bees that are entirely black from the waist back? We hate to break it to you, but those aren't bumble bees. Those are carpenter bees. And, when carpenter bees start appearing around your home, it is time to do an inspection and take care of that problem. Why? Because carpenter bees can cause problems.
The biggest problem carpenter bees cause is related to how people see these pests. If you know anything about these bees, you are probably aware that they don't do a lot of damage, especially when compared to termites. In fact, a single carpenter bee isn't going to create much more than a tunnel that is about a nickel in diameter that runs around a foot in length. But, it isn't that one tunnel that is going to break the stairs leading up to your back porch, or cause your porch to collapse. Carpenter bees prefer to use established tunnels made by other carpenter bees, and extend those tunnels.
Have you heard this saying by Jacob Riis?
"I'd look at one of my stonecutters hammering away at the rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I knew it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before."
Like the stonecutter hammering away at the rock, each tunnel created by a carpenter bee causes a little more unseen damage that could eventually lead to something catastrophic. So, while a single carpenter bee isn't anything to worry about, an ongoing carpenter bee problem is. If left untreated, it can lead to a broken stair or broken railing and an unexpected fall. It could also lead to the collapse of an elevated structure, such as a deck or balcony--with a group of people standing--or dancing--on it.
Another common problem that comes with a carpenter bee infestation is woodpecker damage. Carpenter bee larvae make noise that attracts woodpeckers. And those woodpeckers add to the damage being done to the wood by pecking on it and drilling holes into it.
If you're seeing carpenter bees, and you are in our Greenville service area, let the pest specialists here at Spencer Pest Services take care of those bees. Our team is trained in the most advanced pest protocols available in the industry and equipped to properly address carpenter bee problems in a way that is safe, effective, and complete. Don't trust your property and your safety to anything else. Reach out to us today to schedule a visit.