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Carpenter Bees

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Carpenter bees are a type of bee that makes their nests in wood. They are about an inch long and look very similar to bumble bees; however, the abdomen of the carpenter bee is black and shiny. Carpenter bees do not eat wood, but they do bore holes into the wood, nest there and lay their eggs. Unlike other species of bees, carpenters bees do not live in colonies.

Why do I have carpenter bees around my home?

Carpenter bees make their nests in wood.  If you have carpenter bees making holes in the wood around your home, it is most likely either a female making a nest to lay her eggs in, or a bee preparing to go into a nest to overwinter.

Are carpenter bees dangerous?

The male carpenter bee can become aggressive when it feels threatened; however, it does not have a stinger. It will hover in front of a person and buzz around their head, but this is merely for show. The female does have a stinger, but it is much less aggressive than the male and rarely stings. However, as with all other stinging insects, the sting can cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

How do the NYC pest control pros at Parkway get rid of carpenter bees?

Dealing with any stinging insect can be potentially dangerous due to the possibility of allergic reactions to stings. Carpenter bees should only be handled by professionals. Homeowners should contact Parkway Pest Services at the first sign of trouble with carpenter bees.

How soon can you get here?

At Parkway, we understand that it is important to you to take care of your pest problem as soon as possible; therefore it is important to us, as well. Emergency and same day service is available, and in most cases we can be there the very next day.

Is the treatment safe?

Here at Parkway Pest Services, we pride ourselves on being Green Shield Certified and we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, meaning treatments are much safer for you, your family, and your pets. IPM techniques include far fewer uses of chemicals, using them only as a last resort. Instead, our techniques focus on baiting and the exclusion of pests.

How can I prevent a future infestation?

Carpenter bees rarely bore into painted or stained wood. Finishing your porch, deck, shed, or other wooden structure with either a fresh coat of paint or with stain will deter carpenter bees from choosing these areas for their nests. However, beyond this there is no way to keep them off of your property. Many in the New York metropolitan area choose a Protection Plan from Parkway for constant protection from all sorts of pests. Contact us today for more information on the protection plans available in your area.

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