Outsmarting Carpenter Bees and Termites

man spraying pesticides Your backyard can be a place to chill out if you are suffering from some form of anxiety, or a place for a picnic with family and friends. But when you see carpenter bees buzzing around the fence rails, or see that the surface of the window frame is starting to have a “blistered” appearance, the first thing you will want to do is to call an exterminator as carpenter bee solutions. However, more homeowners are finding ways to prevent/treat pest infestations of carpenter bees, termites, roaches, etc., without hurting the environment.

It’s not breaking news that many professional exterminators use harsh and poisonous chemicals to kill pests. For example, some methods include filling holes through which pests can come in, spraying harsh chemicals to repel pests. But what is eye-opening is that nearly 35% percent of homeowners will try to get rid of pests by using natural and organic methods, according to some professional exterminators.

How Carpenter Bees and Termites Create Damages?

During the months of April and May, carpenter bees begin to construct their nests. Carpenter bees love to burrow into wood structures that are not protected with an oil paint based paint to make their nests. Female carpenter bees play a big role in the making of the nests: It’s the female’s job to create holes in the wood that are about an inch in diameter. Once she gets in there, she will begin to extend the gallery, and lay her eggs there.

Although each nest has a single entrance, the nest has adjacent tunnels hidden within the wood. Because gallery construction takes a lot of time, energy and effort, females will inhibit the same nest instead of excavating a new nest. Furthermore, females won’t just go in and reuse the gallery as it is. Females will extend the gallery out in more length by creating more tunnels—tunnels might increase several feet during in each season.

termite damage Termites think a little different than carpenter bees. Termites simply want to remain hidden underground, and come out when the time is right to invade other houses, making it very difficult for homeowners to determine if they have colonies of termites living near or inside their houses.

It is estimated that 7 out of 10 homeowners will not identified if they have termites in their homes before considerable damage has occurred. In addition, according to exterminators, termites might do more damage to homes than other pests combined because termites sometimes will like to feed primarily on wooden cabinets, wooden frames, wooden doors, etc. The most destructive types of termites will consume up to 12 pounds of wood in one year.