Carpenter bee damage
Carpenter bee damage can be pretty severe. It may not look like it from the outside where you only see 1/2 inch diameter holes here and there. If you were able to see into the holes you would see they make a 90 degree turn and may extend for over a foot into the wood. Some of these tunnels may even branch off into many tunnels. This turns the wooden member brittle and looks like a piece of swiss cheese on the inside. To make matters worse, woodpeckers love to eat carpenter bee larvae. They peck and tear open the wood to get to these tunnels and the precious larvae snacks they crave. This compounds the damage as you now have more external damage instead of small holes here and there.
Treatment for carpenter bees
If you know you have problems with carpenter bees year after year plan ahead. Have your wood surfaces treated early spring, before they have a chance to lay new larvae. Then have the tunnels dusted and sealed in the fall. This will help prevent any that may look to over winter and to stop those new bees from emerging next spring.
If you need help with your carpenter bee problems give us a call. 866-442-7378.