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Professional Carpenter Bee Pest Control San Antonio TX
Carpenter bees are a “Formicidae” stinging insect. Unlike many stinging insect species, the stinger is unique to the female carpenter bee. Both genders have short lifespans, with the male dying soon after mating and the female live up to one year. In the latter part of the summer season, a new generation of carpenter bees hatch. But, it is not until late summer or early fall when the new generation of carpenter bees emerge from their nests to feed and pollinate plants.
Carpenter bees are important pollinators, insects that move pollen from male plants to female plants to allow them to fertilize. Carpenter bee pollination plays a major role in the fertilization of tomato, eggplant, American wisteria, and passionflower vine plants.
I Discovered A Carpenter Bee Nest In My Cedar Tree, What Should I Do?
First of all, think safety first. We do not recommend approaching the carpenter bee nest without proper safety gear. Carpenter bees are aggressive insects that will view you as a predator. Humans and animals are in grave danger when in the close vicinity of a carpenter bee nest. As you near the nest, even unknowingly and innocently, the aggression will intensify. We highly recommend, remaining a safe distance from the nest until the experts arrive.
Carpenter bees are extremely dangerous insects that will attack without a moment’s notice. And, do not mistake it, the male is just as dangerous as the female, even though he does not possess stinging capabilities. The male attacks by dive-bombing, a process that allows the insect to dive down toward the predator at a high rate of speed.
Do Carpenter Bees Damage Hardwood Trees?
Only if they are already damaged. Most carpenter bees ignore healthy hardwood trees, But, instead, gravitates toward decaying hardwoods. The insects bore deep tunnels into the rotting wood, where the female will eventually drop her eggs and the eggs will hatch. When it comes for the male and female to die, they will do so inside their tunnels. So, it is easy to see how tunnels play a major role in the life and death of a carpenter bee.
Should I Attempt DIY Carpenter Bee Pest Control?
No, carpenter bees are always on the lookout for what they perceive as predators. Just entering the area where the nest is located poses a grave danger. We highly recommend our carpenter bee management, which includes a visual inspection of the impacted and surrounding areas. The importance of a visual inspection is to determine if there are more nests nearby. It is not unusual for more than one pair of carpenter bees to set up their nests in the same vicinity. It is also just as important to know, female carpenter bees are open to sharing their nests with other females.
The more females sharing the same nest increases the intensity of the danger.
What Type Of Pest Control Products Do Exterminators Use For Carpenter Bees?
Most exterminators, including our San Antonio exterminators, opt for industrial-strength insecticides. We believe these high-potency pest control products can eliminate carpenter bees and their eggs and larvae immediately on contact. However, the outcome will depend on the exterminator’s skills and equipment. We utilize state-of-the-art pest control equipment to ensure more control, handling, and aim.
DIY pest control is not suitable in the case of carpenter bees. While these insects live solitary lives, females will colonize when nesting, as they tend to share nests breeding season after the breeding season.
Are Carpenter Bee Insecticides Harmful To The Environment?
Yes, but only when they are improperly administered, handled, stored, and transported. To avoid all environmental risks related to chemical pesticides, our exterminators always heed the manufacturer’s recommendations. We also know the pesticide guidelines developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA requires all manufacturers operating in and importing chemical pesticides into the United States to obtain approval in advance. The EPA pesticide approval process can take years to complete, which is proof, it works.
How Do I Stop Carpenter Bees From Returning To My San Antonio Property Next Breeding Season?
If you are asking this question, you must be aware that carpenter bees return to the same breeding ground year after year. Even though it involves a new generation, carpenter bees tend to reuse their nests. It makes sense because it eliminates the need to bore more tunnels for nesting.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to carpenter bee-proof your property for next year. We highly recommend the following:
- Eliminate the nest once and for all
- Remove all decaying hardwood trees and structures from your property
- Educate your family, friends, and neighbors about the dangers of carpenter bees
- Routinely inspect your property to determine if it is attracting more carpenter bees
- Paint and stain untreated hardwood structures, such as fences, decks, porches, sheds, and decks
- Utilize natural repellents like citrus oil
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