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Have You Been “Dive-Bombed” by the Eastern Carpenter Bee Yet?

Dive-bombed? By a Bee? What Does That Mean? Find Out Here.
Dive-bombed? By a Bee? What Does That Mean? Find Out Here.

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.

Don’t let Eastern carpenter bees ruin your home this summer. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information on our Ocean County pest control services.

Preventing Springtime Pests in NJ

Call Allison to be Insect-Free this Spring.
Call Allison to be Insect-Free this Spring.

With warmer temperatures on the way, NJ residents will soon be seeing all kinds of springtime pests. These bugs come out of hiding and look for food or places to build their nests for spring and summer. It’s important to know which pests are most likely to invade your home this spring, so you can take steps to prevent them.

Common Springtime Pests

  • Termites: These insects can cause tremendous damage to your home by eating away at wood.
  • Cockroaches: While cockroaches won’t damage your home, they can spread bacteria and other germs and irritate those with asthma.
  • Carpenter ants: These pests also damage homes by creating tunnels through wood. They typically look for spots with rotted wood or damp wood.
  • Carpenter bees: These bees can cause structural damage by boring into wood.

How to Prevent Pests

You can lower the risk of having these springtime pests invade your home by doing the following:

  • Fix or replace damaged window screens.
  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation.
  • Keep bushes and tree branches from touching your home.
  • Keep your kitchen free of crumbs and empty your trash can often.
  • Have preventive residential pest control done to keep these bugs out of your home.

If you need residential pest control services this spring, please contact Allison Pest Control. Our Monmouth County pest control experts can help you prevent carpenter ants and other spring pests from entering your home.

Three Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Bees

As if it wasn’t bad enough dealing with carpenter ants and termites, carpenter bees are also a source of aggravation for NJ homeowners. These pests have a nasty habit of tunneling into wooden structures like decks and porches. Males can also be aggressive during spring mating season, hovering annoyingly as you try to relax outside.

While it’s visually difficult to distinguish carpenter bees from bumblebees, they do have some significant differences. Here are some facts you may not know about these insects.

  • Unlike bumblebees that nest in the ground in social communities, carpenter bees live alone, burrowing into wooden structures. Another telltale sign is on the upper side of the abdomen, which is shiny and hairless on a carpenter bee.
  • While male carpenter bees may put up a macho front, sometimes even flying directly into you, they cannot sting. On the other hand, female carpenter bees can sting but rarely do so unless provoked to the point of feeling threatened.
  • Carpenter bees do not eat wood like termites do. Problems arise when they are left to tunnel into the same structure year after year, which can result in serious structural damage.

Have you noticed bees lurking around the deck of your NJ home? Don’t try to solve the problem on your own. Contact us for safe and effective extermination of carpenter bees or any other insect or animal pests.

Three Things You May Not Have Known About NJ Carpenter Bees

NJ Carpenter Bees
NJ Carpenter Bees

After a harsh winter, spring is here. With warmer temperatures and sunshine come blossoming trees, blooming flowers, and pests of all kinds coming out of hibernation. One that you might see this spring is the carpenter bee. While there are many things you can learn about this bee, there are three things you may not have known about carpenter bees.

What They Do

Carpenter bees are named because they drill perfectly round holes in wood to make their nests. They use their very strong, broad jaws to chew into dead wood, often the limbs or trunks of dead trees. Once they have made a large enough hole, called a gallery, they form pollen/nectar loaves where the female will lay her eggs. She separates each egg with a mix of sawdust and her saliva.

The Difference Between Carpenter Bees and Bumblebees

Carpenter bees can look like bumblebees, but there some notable differences. While bumblebees are social insects, carpenter bees are not, and they have no queen as the ‘leader’. Carpenter bees have a shiny, smooth, black abdomen, as opposed to the yellow, hairy one of the bumblebee. Carpenter bees also have a life expectancy of up to three years. With one or two generations produced each year, that results in a lot of bees. This can make pest control difficult, but not impossible.

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Beware of Dive Bombing Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bee Control
Carpenter Bee Control

More buzz than sting, carpenter bees sound more ferocious than they are; but they can still do plenty of damage to your Monmouth County, New Jersey home. Often confused with bumble bees because of their similar size and coloring, carpenter bees are named for their unique ability to tunnel through wood.

Unique Tunneling Behavior

Unlike most bees, carpenter bees are solitary insects, living in mating pairs rather than social hives. These bees are most active in May and June when females tunnel into wood to lay their eggs. After excavating a long tunnel, females create brood cells, dividing eggs with partitions created from chewed wood. Each brood cell is provisioned with nectar to feed the growing grubs which will chew their way out of the nesting tunnel and emerge once their achieve adulthood. Watch this video to see inside a nesting tunnel.

Watch Out for Kamikaze Bees

When carpenter bees attack Ocean County, NJ homes, they announce their presence with a loud drill-like buzzing. Circular, 1/2-inch diameter holes mark entries to nesting tunnels. Stingerless males can be quite aggressive, dive bombing anyone who comes near the nest site. While the males can’t hurt you, their forceful attacks can cause people and pets to panic. Females do sting but are usually docile unless directly attacked.

Tunneling Creates Building Damage

Carpenter bees prefer dry, soft woods such as cedar, cypress, fir, pine and redwood and may tunnel into wooden porches, siding, deck rails, fascia, sheds and outdoor furniture. Because carpenter bees tend to stay close to their nests and frequently reuse nesting tunnels, failure to eliminate a carpenter bee problem can lead to serious damage over time as tunnels are extended and successive generations inhabit the same area.

For expert carpenter bee extermination NJ, call Allison Pest Control today.

Carpenter Bees Are All Bark And No Bite

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.