For any homeowner, there is nothing depressing and worrying than having a pest infestation in their home. This usually has adverse effects especially on the health of the house occupants. The most common pests that attack homes are carpenter bees, carpenter ants, beetles, moths and termites. This article will focus on some of these pests and on how best to protect your home from them completely with the use of carpenter bee trap and other humane techniques.
Carpenter bees are big, black and solitary bees that look like bumble bees but their backs are bare and shiny unlike the hairy backs of bumble bees. They do not reproduce in hives like the other types of bees but rather drill holes into wood I order for them to lay their eggs inside. They drill holes that are perfectly round and with a diameter of ¼ inch.
They prefer boring soft woods like redwood, cedar and cypress but they can also happily attack even pine and other wood species. They are even capable of attacking wood that is pressure treated. When the carpenter bee is drilling its hole on wood, you will be able to notice coarse sawdust coming out of it and piling beneath it. The carpenter bee only takes a few hours to drill one hole and therefore lots of such holes can appear over a very short period of time.
Most of their activity occurs in the early spring when the female and male Carpenter bees usually emerge after spending their winter in some old nest burrows. After they pair and mate, the female bees usually drill in a suitable site while the male bees stay near in order to ward off intruders. They ward off people due to their aggressive behavior but they are harmless as they do not have a stinger. The females usually have the stinger but can only use it when it is molested.
How they Cause Damage to Wood
After drilling the first hole through the surface of the wood, the female bee usually makes a turn and excavates a tunnel along the wood’s grain. Such tunnels usually run for some inches and they form the cavity in which the female usually deposits its eggs. The carpenter bees also make new holes on the wood as well as enlarging the old tunnels they had created earlier on. This means that if carpenter bees are left unaddressed for some time, they will cause serious damage to the wood they will have attacked.