Bees are common summer nuisances that require help from Ocean County pest control services, but some are more alarming than others. Eastern carpenter bees are known for flying around people and even dive bombing them at times.
Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?
Eastern carpenter bees might make you nervous about how close they get to you when you’re outside, but they usually don’t sting. Male carpenter bees can’t sting at all. Females can sting, but they typically only do so if they feel threatened.
Carpenter bees mainly fly from flower to flower looking for pollen, although they don’t mind buzzing around people to get a closer look. Keep in mind that these bees can be a danger to your home, though.
Carpenter Bees and Wood Damage
Carpenter bees get their name from their ability to chew holes in wood in order to get inside and build nests. They don’t eat wood like termites do, but they can end up causing significant damage to wooden structures in homes. The holes they chew can also give homes an unsightly appearance, which can affect home value.
Getting rid of these bees is important in order to protect your home from damage. However, it’s crucial to do so carefully, so you don’t upset them.
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Warmer weather and climate change in general make it easy for invasive species to find new places to go. When it comes to stinging insects, humans aren’t the only ones who have to worry. Honeybees in the U.K. are likely to be facing a threat from giant Asian hornets.
These hornets have been seen in Tetbury, Gloucestershire so far, and they’re expected to be in Warwickshire by summer. Giant Asian hornets aren’t as much of a problem for people as they are for honeybees. These hornets are known for preying on honeybees, which could significantly reduce their populations. A decrease in honeybee populations can take a toll on local crops.
Experts have been making the public in the U.K. aware of the threat of giant Asian hornets for this summer. The general public in Warwickshire has been given opportunities to learn more about these hornets, such as how to identify them. They also have a chance to learn what to do if they spot any.
Bothersome invading insects can have you calling pest control companies in Freehold for help, but there are some insects that require help and not elimination. Bee colonies in general are declining rapidly and the Federal Government is considering declaring the rusty-patched bumblebee endangered. As this type of bumblebee has vanished from 87% of its historic range, listing it as endangered could help restore its numbers.
Importance of rusty-patched bumblebee
The rusty-patched bumblebee pollinates apples, blueberries and other crops and was once a common inhabitant of the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard. A few decades ago, rusty-patched bumblebee populations were up to 95% larger than they are now. Losing this type of bee, or any type of bee, endangers the food supply.
Canada officially protected the rusty-patched bumblebee in an attempt to save it. They may have been too late as the bee has only been spotted at one site in 2005 and in 2009. This type of bee ranked fourth on the most common bumblebees in Canada during the 1970s-1980s and now it’s nearly disappeared.
Such statistics are why organizations like the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation want the bee put on the endangered species list. It represents a positive step toward protecting other bees including the honeybee that pollinates 1/3 of the world’s food supply.
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Carpenter bees aren’t shy. Their noisy buzzing sounds like an electric drill on steroids, loudly announcing their presence on your Monmouth County NJ property. If that doesn’t get your attention, the males will launch their fuzzy black and yellow bodies straight at you, dive bombing your hair and face repeatedly until you turn tail and flee indoors.
While immensely annoying and upsetting enough to make children and pets afraid to venture outdoors, carpenter bees are pretty much all bark and no bite. Only the female bees have stingers; and they’re fairly docile, rarely stinging. The extremely aggressive and territorial males may make a fierce show of defending their nest, but with no stingers they can’t hurt you.
Despite their lack of physical threat to your person, carpenter bees do pose a real threat to your home. Living in mated pairs rather than social hives, carpenter bees are wood destroyers. The females bore a circular hole into weathered or unpainted wood, chewing long tunnels into the wood where they lay 6 to 10 eggs in a series of individual cells created with a mixture of chewed wood and saliva. Broods hatch in the late summer or fall but do not mate until the following spring. The summer is spent collecting pollen which is stored in the tunnels to sustain the bees over the winter.
Tunnels bored by successive carpenter bee generations can destroy wood porch ceilings, cedar siding, soffits, deck railings, outdoor furniture and play equipment. Monmouth County NJ pest control professionals will treat galleries to see that all bees and larvae are killed and seal tunnel openings to prevent recolonization.