Warm Temperatures Causing A Strong Resurgence of Carpenter Bees
Due to the very warm weather hitting Georgia and the Atlanta
area, Arrow Exterminators is reaching out to educate the public on
issues related to carpenter bees which have recently started
swarming in our area. As more male and female carpenter bees
emerge from hibernation, they are boring holes in wood to create
nests to lay their eggs. These holes weaken the wood causing
serious damage to decks and wooden furniture. This problem will
increase this summer when new carpenter bees are born.
Carpenter bees are large bees that have a slight resemblance to
bumble bees except their abdomen is bare and shiny black. Male
carpenter bees do not have stingers, but can be extremely
aggressive, often hovering in front of people that get near their
nest. Female carpenter bees do have a stinger, but they only sting
if they are provoked.
Look for carpenter bees in soft woods such as cedar, pine,
redwood and cypress. They prefer wood that is bare, weathered and
unpainted and may target typical wooden objects found on and around
the house including decks, shingles, fences, windowsills and wooden
lawn furniture. If homeowners discover large quantities of these
stinging insects, the best action to take is to call a professional
pest control company.