Bees have been man's best friend for thousands of years. Bees particularly honey bees gave people honey, beeswax, and numerous products. However, some bee species wander human habitat, and these are the carpenter bees which can damage wooden furniture. Knowing how to deal with carpenter bees can save you time and money.
Carpenter Bees Facts
<p>Carpenter bees or wood bees do not eat wood but use them as their nest for their larvae. Just like honey bees, carpenter bees eat nectar from flowers. Unlike, honey bees, carpenter bees are mostly solitary which means they live alone although other species live with their relatives. Carpenter bees drill into wood to lay their eggs until these eggs become a larva. Due to this behavior, carpenter bees can damage untreated or wood that has been weathered or with peeled paints. They mostly drill holes in windowsills, shingles, railings, doors, chairs, telephone poles and wooden lawn furniture.
Carpenter bees belong to the genus Xylocopa and are frequent wood borers. They use this holes as their nest
for newborn larvae. They do not eat the wood but use the chewed wood particles as materials for building nest.
As for appearance, carpenter bees have white stripes in the abdomen and they are 3/4 inches in lenght. On the other hand, carpenter bees can sting if caught or handled improperly.
How to deal with carpenter bees
Plug holes with steel wool or plastic plugs
Spray holes with petrol
Paint untreated wood with solignum
Apply quality caulk or putty in holes
Use polyurethane paint to protect wooden surfaces
Place almond oil around holes
Place diatomaceous earth inside holes to kill larvae
Install vinyl blinds in windows to deny access to carpenter bees
Call a qualified wildlife removal service such as the 4seasons