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Imagine taking a drill with a half-inch drill bit and boring a 6-inch tunnel into a piece of wood on your home. Now imagine getting a flexible extender and drilling another 6 inches deeper every year. This is exactly what carpenter bees do. Their holes are perfectly round, and their tunnels get deeper and deeper every year. Some tunnels have been found to be as deep as 10 feet. Now, imagine twenty carpenter bees doing this to your home. How much damage do you think they'll be able to do? If carpenter bees are visiting your Pittsburgh home, it is important that you know what to do about them. Here are a few tips to help you detect and manage those bees.

What Does A Carpenter Bee Look Like?

If you know what a bumblebee looks like, you can identify carpenter bees. A carpenter bee looks like a bumblebee with an abdomen that is entirely black, and visually hairless. Most of the carpenter bees that visit your property will look like this, but keep in mind that some species of carpenter bees are entirely black.

What Does Carpenter Bee Damage Look Like?

Tunnel entrances are circular, as described above, but carpenter bee damage can look like dashes and dots in morse code. This damage appears when the female bee accidentally breaks through to the outside while creating her tunnel. You may also see sawdust on the ground or clinging to wood.

Carpenter Bee Prevention

  • Paint or varnish wood to resist these bees. They prefer unfinished wood. While this is not guaranteed to keep them from tunneling into your wood, it is definitely worth a try.

  • Put metal flashing on the ends of exposed wood timbers. These bees can tunnel in through the bottom and work their way through.

  • Before carpenter bees get into your home through tiny gaps, cracks, and holes, it is a good idea to seal them. Do an inspection of your exterior and use a caulking gun or foundation repair kit to get things patched up.

Carpenter Bee Removal 

Once carpenter bees have infested your home, it can be tricky to remove them. Consider the following:

  • While carpenter bees don't prefer to sting, the females will sting you if they feel threatened. It is wise to always use protective gear when examining areas of carpenter bee activity.

  • It is necessary to use powders or insecticide when dealing with a carpenter bee infestation. The wrong pest control products can be toxic to you, your kids, and your pets, and appropriate products can be toxic if you don't handle them correctly. Protective gear and a respirator should be used.

  • It is unwise to seal carpenter bee holes. If you trap the female in her tunnel, she is more than capable of tunneling out another way. This creates more damage. You may read on the internet that it is best to treat and seal holes at night while the bees are away. This is true. But there is no guarantee that tunnels are vacant at night.

Carpenter Bees In Pittsburgh

If you have a carpenter bee problem and you live in the Greater Pittsburgh area, let the licensed and experienced pest professionals at Witt Pest Management help you resolve your problem. Our service team has access to appropriate gear and products to get this potentially arduous task done, and to do it right the first time. Carpenter bees can be very destructive over time. Don't let them. Reach out to Witt Pest Management today. We're standing by to assist you in this important protection for your property.