Is that faint buzzing noise outside your home making you crazy?
First you thought it might be an air conditioner, right? Or,
perhaps a lawnmower in the distance? Why won't it EVER stop? You
can blame that persistant sound on this season's latest invaders --
carpenter bees. They're back and buzzing louder than ever
throughout the south. Our Arrow offices in Georgia and Tennessee
have also been buzzing -- with calls about carpenter bees, so heed
our advice and be on the lookout for these potentially damaging
If you haven't seen them yet this spring, here's what to look
for: Carpenter bees are large bees that resemble bumble bees, but
are differentiated by a bare and shiny black abdomen. Luckily, male
carpenter bees do not have stingers, though they can still be quite
aggressive and will hover in front of people who get near their
nests. Steer clear of the females, though. They do have stingers,
and will sting if provoked.
The real threat, however, may not be stinging, but destruction
of your property, as carpenter bees live up to their name by
voraciously excavating tunnels in wood to lay their eggs. They are
attracted to soft woods like pine, cedar, redwood and cypress which
make it easy for the bees to bore holes to create their nests. In
turn, the holes weaken the wood, causing damage to decks, shingles,
fences, windowsills and even wooden lawn furniture.
If you notice a swarm of carpenter bees in your area, be sure to
contact Arrow Exterminators for help.