Pest Control Tips… Delivered with a Smile! – July 2019

Plano TX Carpenter Bees Pest Patrol and July 2019 Update

Pest Patrol Carpenter Bees: Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton County, Dallas County and surrounding areas

Carpenter bees look like bumble bees. They get the name from their nesting habits. Most dig tunnels into dead wood (like your house!) They excavate nearly perfect circular holes about a half inch across by vibrating their bodies as they rasp their mandibles. The bee tunnels in about an inch, makes a turn then burrows 4 – 6 inches along the grain. Unlike termites, they don’t eat the wood. Some is used to form partitions between eggs or food compartments, all else is pushed out of the hole. In fact, one way to tell if you have a carpenter bee problem is if you see sawdust around your home on plants or the ground.

Carpenter bees are not dangerous to humans. Males have no way to sting: females do but won’t unless manhandled. And they are important pollinators. But even though they are not dangerous to you and are valuable to the environment, they are still major pests. Hordes of carpenter bees will descend on a home looking for suitable wood. One house can suffer dozens of tunnels a year, harming the structural integrity, allowing in moisture and accelerating decay. Many carpenter bee issues we see are on Pergolas, awnings and fences, not just the home. If an infestation goes undetected, carpenter bees can cause substantial damage. And the species tends to return to the same place year after year making it all the more important to control. To kill current bees and larvae, Safe Pro technicians apply an insecticide into each tunnel openings using a hand duster (even on high eaves!) This is an additional service, not included with the quarterly pest control maintenance service. If you think you may have a carpenter bee problem, call us for a free inspection, plans and prices!

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