Since animals have been around for many years prior to people entering their space to build businesses and homes, they have had to adapt to the changes that have come with man’s growth and expansion. Animals, from the smallest of bugs to the big alligator, and man have to learn to coexist peacefully. One way to do this when these animals enter a home is, instead of killing them, to get them out with methods where the animals live and no harm is done to the environment. Some of the animals that can take over a home and can be taken out of the home without harm to the environment and the animal are carpenter bees and carpenter ants.
Carpenter bees, also known as the “wood-boring bee” got their name because they can drill through wood and then nest inside the drill they created. They are very amazing bees since all of them make a hole about the same size (a half an inch in diameter). The majority of animals cannot perform such a task when they put a hole in wood. There are a lot of different ways to distinguish a carpenter bee from a regular bee. An adult carpenter bee body is typically about one half of an inch to about one inch and they are so healthy and strong that they look like the bumblebee a little bit. The top of their abdomen is almost bare and is shiny. The female carpenter bee and the male one can be identified by the color of their face. The male has a yellow face and the female has a black face. Both of them have little yellow markings on their rear. Since they pollinate also, a lot of people provide them with a pre-drilled wood house in their garden. There are clear ways to know if carpenters have infested a home and ways to prevent them from entering a home by partnering with BeesNThings.
One of the ways of telling if carpenter bees have taken over a home is holes in all of the wooden surfaces where the bees are making their nests. This can be in any wood from siding, overhangs, desks, fences, and even window frames. They need to be gotten rid of as quickly as possible due to the fact that the longer that they are in a home, the more they will infest. To prevent carpenter bees from entering a home and drilling into the wood, all a homeowner needs to do is to treat the wood. Carpenter bees flock to wood that is not painted and treated, especially redwood, cedar, cypress, and pine. If the wood is cured and carpenter bee preventative is used, then a homeowner should not have a problem with carpenter ants making a home their next project. There are other ways to prevent them from inhabiting a home that includes building with hardwood and using a carpenter bee trap.
When a homeowner is building their fences, sheds, mailboxes, and other wooden structures that will be in their lawn and garden, it is a good idea to use hardwood instead of softwood. The reason for this is that carpenter bees are less attracted to hardwoods than softwoods because they are more difficult to burrow into and nest in. People also need to keep any of their outside buildings closed. When it starts to warm up outside in the spring, people start working on gardening and other outdoor tasks. When they do this, they leave the doors to wooden garages and sheds open. Spring is also the season when carpenter bees are searching for places to nest. Homeowners need to keep their wooden outdoor buildings closed so bees will not find their way into them. Carpenter bees are very resourceful, they bore into wooden ladders and table legs. Other ways to keep carpenter bees away is to paint everything, plug old nests, and to build a decoy.