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03/24/2011

Warm Temperatures Causing a Strong Resurgence of Carpenter Bees (1)

Due to the very warm weather recently hitting our area, Arrow is reaching out to educate homeowners on issues related to carpenter bees which have started swarming in large numbers. 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 trained professional at Arrow Exterminators for a free home evaluation:  888-462-7769