Mesa's Carpenter Bees: What You Should Look Out For

A carpenter bee in a hole

If you have a garden on your Mesa property, you probably see all manner of insects buzzing around your property. It can be truly delightful to watch those plump little bumblebees lazily bounce around the blooms, but if you look a little closer, they might not all be bumblebees. Carpenter bees are strikingly similar, but the difference is they aren't exactly as harmless as those black and yellow fluff balls. Pro Active Pest Control can help you protect against carpenter bees, along with rodents, bed bugs, and other nasty pests, but what kind of threat do these bees pose to your property?

The Fuzzy Facts About Carpenter Bees In Mesa

Carpenter bees are commonly mistaken for bumblebees, but they're not entirely identical. They're roughly the same size and shape, and while carpenter bees do have a smattering of yellow hue to their appearance, it's not nearly as defined as their bumbling counterparts. These bees have a more glossy black or even metallic blue coloring to them. They can come off as aggressive at first with their loud buzzing and diving at your face, but it's mostly posturing. Only the male carpenter bees exhibit this behavior to scare off potential threats, and they can't sting.

Overall, carpenter bees are relatively harmless to humans, but that is not the case for your Mesa home. These pests are best known for their carpentry skills, and even though they don't eat the wood, they can still cause significant damage to your property. The plus side to this scenario is that carpenter bees are solitary insects and don't live in large colonies. The downside is they aren't aggressively territorial with other carpenter bees, so it's common to see multiple burrows in easily accessible wooden structures:

  • Exposed siding
  • Porches
  • Awnings
  • Gazebos
  • Wooden furniture
  • Fence posts
  • Fascia boards
  • Untreated wooden accents

How To Make Your Mesa Property Less Enticing To Carpenter Bees

These insects prefer to target softwood like pine, cedar, cypress, and redwood, and they're more inclined to burrow into untreated and uncovered wood. Luckily, this makes prevention fairly easy:

  • Treat and paint any intentionally exposed wood
  • Remove excess water and moisture from your property
  • Reduce the number of flowering plants in your garden
  • Try not to over-water your garden
  • Seal up and repair any cracks and gaps around the exterior of your home; siding, foundation, pipes and wires, roof, and trim.
  • Fill in old carpenter bee burrows with caulking.
  • Add a fake wasp nest to the exterior of your property; wasps are extremely territorial, and other stinging insects will think twice before making a nest near one.
  • Remove woodpiles and fallen logs from your property

How To Handle An Ongoing Carpenter Bee Infestation On Your Mesa Property

Even though bees are incredibly beneficial to the environment, if carpenter bees choose the wrong load-bearing wooden beam, they can create a severely hazardous living situation. Carpenter bee damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair, so leaving them to their own devices isn't a great choice for you or your Mesa home. If you want to make sure your property is secure against carpenter bees, Pro Active Pest Control can help.

Our company was founded with the intent to bring environmentally friendly solutions to pest control. We love bees of all kinds, but we also care about the well-being of our customers and their homes. With Pro Active Pest Control, you're guaranteed to receive the most effective eco-friendly pest solutions on the market at affordable prices. Our customers' satisfaction is essential to us, and that's why we offer our 100% service guarantee. If you notice pests coming back after we've treated your property, we come right back and re-treat at no additional cost. So get in contact with us today to start discussing your options.