Struggles With Carpenter Bee Control In New Haven County

a carpenter bee on wood

Everyone in New Haven County enjoys the flowers and gardens in their yards. You can partially thank our friends, the bees, for this beautiful greenery. One of the most common types of bees you'll see in this area is the carpenter bee. As their name implies, they construct their nests by boring holes into wood. Carpenter bees in New Haven County can damage your property if they go undetected and untreated.

These bees are easily confused with their cousins, the bumblebee and honeybee. Their most distinguishing aspect is that their bodies are black and shiny with no hair, while bumblebees and honeybees are furry all over. Carpenter bees only have hair behind their heads that is a darker yellow color.

Getting rid of these wood-destroyers is not as easy a task as most would think. Contacting your local New Haven County pest control outfit is your best bet for eradicating a carpenter bee infestation. Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control is a family-owned business with over 30 years of experience in bee removal and prevention. Give us a call to learn about our affordable and effective plans.

Spotting A Carpenter Bee's Entry Point

Carpenter bees are not social insects like many other species of bee. Instead of living in colonies or large nests, they construct a single tunnel by gnawing through the wood in trees and buildings. This fact can make it more difficult to spot where they are nesting. You may be able to locate their tunnels by observing them come and go from the entry points of the holes. There may also be evidence of sawdust piles near the entrance to their tunnels. 

Deterring Carpenter Bees In Haven County

Preventing carpenter bees around your house is your first line of defense against an infestation.

You can do several things around your property to help keep these wood-boring bees away:

  • Treat the wood on the outside of your house and outdoor furniture with paints, sealants, and stains.
  • Eliminate any pools of standing water in your yard.
  • Replace or repair any rotting or damaged wood around your house or patio.
  • Install metal flashing in places like windows and doors where moisture could collect.

Remember that these are only helpful tips for carpenter bee deterrents and are no guarantee that they won't invade your home.

How To Plug A Carpenter Bee Hole

Repairing and filling existing carpenter bee holes can be tricky, especially during the active months of spring and summer. The easiest way is to first take care of any abandoned holes. Fill the holes with a dowel and glue, steel wool, or caulking. Then, paint or stain over the repaired area. 

If a bee still occupies a hole, treat it with an over-the-counter spray designated for stinging insects. Then return at night or during their hibernation period and plug the gap. 

Residential Pest Control To Tackle Carpenter Bees

Even after you try the above prevention tips and plug all known carpenter bee holes in your New Haven County home, there is still a chance that an infestation could occur on your property. So, take advantage of the experience of a professional pest control company. 

Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control has the expertise needed to get the job done right. Our certified technicians have the training and equipment for safe and effective carpenter bee removal. Contact us to learn more about our home pest control plans today!