This time of the year in St. Louis we start hearing a lot about carpenter bees. Recently we have been asked a couple of questions that we are happy to help with: “Are carpenter bees dangerous?” and “Where do carpenter bees live? Both are good questions and Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is happy to help with the answers.
Are Carpenter Bees Dangerous?
In the sense of danger as risk of being stung, the likelihood of being stung by one is actually very small. Only the females can sting, yet it is usually the stinger-less males that are seen hovering about. The males cannot cause you harm in that manner. Females are generally found in their burrows (more on that with second question), so unless you are handling them or sticking a finger in the burrow (NOT recommended!) you run no to little danger of being stung by a carpenter bee. That being said, all bee stings are dangerous to a person with severe allergies! Avoiding the area to keep from inadvertently touching a female carpenter bee is critical with a severe allergy to bee venom.
In the sense of danger as risk to your home’s appearance and structure, the answer is a resounding yes! Carpenter bees are dangerous to the well being of your house by virtue of their burrows in soft wood areas of your home. These burrows compromise the structure, as well as the appearance of your home. These burrows also help explain the answer to the second question of where carpenter bees live?
Where Do Carpenter Bees Live?
The hallmark of the carpenter bee burrow is a perfectly round hole in soft, unpainted wood that is ⅜ inch to ½ inch in diameter. This is where the bees seek shelter, as well as where the females lay their eggs and raise their young. Common places to find these burrows are deck railings, roof eaves, doors, shingles, and even wooden furniture. Digging through the soft wood to created these burrows is what compromises the integrity of your structure, as well as marring the appearance of the wood. Of note: the bees do not actually ingest the wood, they merely dig through it, leaving telltale piles of sawdust in their wake.
I Think I Have Carpenter Bees. Now What?
Specifics of how to treat for carpenter bees can be found in our blog, How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees. But to get exterminations started right away, or for your yearly retreatment to keep them away, one call to Holper’s at 314-732-1413 will get you on your way to saying goodbye to carpenter bees and their destructive habits!