The Key To Getting Carpenter Bees Off Your New Jersey Property

bee on a piece of broken wood
It's no secret that bees are beneficial to have around. These pollinating insects play an important part in creating and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. While bees do have their many benefits, they are not necessarily the type of animal that you want hanging around your home. This statement is especially true when it comes to the destructive, and sometimes dangerous, carpenter bee. 

You shouldn't have to deal with carpenter bees on your own. At Heritage Pest Control, our qualified New Jersey pest control specialists can help to keep you and your home safe from carpenter bees. 

How To Spot A Carpenter Bee Problem On Your Property

Carpenter bees are about a quarter of an inch to one inch long. They have round bodies that are usually black and yellow striped. Many people think that the carpenter bee and the bumble bee look a lot alike, except for the fact that the carpenter bee's abdomen is not covered in fine hair. 

Some of the signs that indicate you could have a carpenter bee problem include the following:

  • Seeing smooth and round holes in various wooden surfaces
  • Finding piles of sawdust around your home
  • Watching carpenter bees go in and out of the holes in your home

Carpenter bees are not social insects, but they have been known to live in small groups from time to time. If you see a carpenter bee on your New Jersey property, there is a good chance that they are there looking for a place to lay eggs. If a carpenter bee determines your home to be a safe place to live, it will chew holes through the wooden surfaces of your house, where it will live for as long as it wants. 

The Problems Carpenter Bees Can Cause On Your Property

Like most bees, carpenter bees are not known to be aggressive and will rarely sting people or animals. However, they are somewhat destructive. Because they effortlessly drill large holes in solid wood structures, they have the potential to cause damage to your home. While it usually takes a long time before you start to notice a significant amount of damage, carpenter bees can make you spend a lot of money on repairs if they are allowed to stay on your property for a long period of time. 

Tips To Prevent Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees prefer to build their nests in bare, untreated wood. If you want to keep these potentially destructive insects away from your home, consider using paint or some type of varnish on all of your wooden structures. 

Carpenter bees are also more likely to drill holes in your home if they are given a head start. Go around the exterior of your home and check for any cracks or gaps that you have in your walls. If you see any, be sure to seal them off with caulking or some other type of weatherproof and durable material. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees

While there are a few things that you can do that will deter carpenter bees from your home, the best way to ensure that these bothersome insects stay away for good is to call a professional pest control specialist. 

At Heritage Pest Control, we have over three decades of experience dealing with various types of stinging insects. We know all of the signs to look for when doing a carpenter bee inspection, and we know how to easily get rid of them once we find them. If you are looking for a fast and easy way to keep carpenter bees away from your New Jersey home, give us a call today. 

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