How Worried Should I Be About Carpenter Bees Around Las Vegas?

There are many things we can say on the topic of whether or not carpenter bees are insects you should be worried about. It is really hard to know where to begin. Let's break it down one little piece at a time.

1. Some Carpenter Bees Don't Sting

If you stumble upon a male carpenter bee, you don't need to be worried at all. Males are not able to sting. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell if you're looking at a male bee or a female bee.
carpenter bee pollinating yellow flower

2. Female Carpenter Bees Rarely Sting

While a female can sting you, she really doesn't want to. She is far too focused on creating her nests and reproducing young. This makes carpenter bees a low threat in terms of a stinging hazard.

3. All Bees Can Be Dangerous

It is important to keep in mind that the venom of a bee can present a serious threat to anyone who has an allergy, and bee allergies can manifest themselves later in life. You could have been stung as a kid and had no adverse symptoms, but be deathly allergic to them now. Without an allergy test, there is really no way you would know. So while the threat of being stung by a female carpenter bee is low, it is one you should not shrug off.

4. Carpenter Bees Bore Tunnels

Carpenter bees are more of a threat to your home than they are to you. These bees tunnel into wood to create their nests. While carpenter bees will only create a tunnel that is about eight inches long, they occupy existing tunnels and make them longer. This can cause a lot of damage, over time.

5. Secondary Pests

When carpenter bees bore tunnels in the wood of your Las Vegas home and deposit larvae, some birds can detect the little carpenter bee babies. If a woodpecker discovers a food source in the "bark" of your home, it will tap, tap, tap. This can cause extra damage above what the carpenter bees have done.

6. Psychological Trauma

Okay. We may be exaggerating a bit. Carpenter bees won't leave you with a case of PTSD, but they can cause stress. There is nothing quite like the sound of dozens of carpenter bees chewing on the wood of your home. It is the sound of nightmares. Again… probably an exaggeration. But it is disturbing.

One Reason To Not Be Worried At All

If you are currently worried about carpenter bees damaging your Las Vegas property, we know a way for you to stop worrying. You can probably guess what it is. You could contact Red Rock Pest Control. We are your Las Vegas pest control experts. Our service team members are familiar with all of the pests that present a threat to health and property in our area. We utilize Integrated Pest Management to find the best solutions with the least amount of chemicals. If it is necessary to apply chemicals, we select appropriate EPA approved products and administer them according to well-established safety regulations. This is the best way to take care of carpenter bee infestations.

Are you curious whether or not you have a carpenter bee infestation? Here are a few ways you can tell.

Identification. If you see bumble bees hanging around near wood, they're probably not bumble bees. One way to tell a bumble bee from a carpenter bee is to look at its abdomen. Carpenter bees have a black, shiny abdomen. The abdomen of a bumble bee is furry and has yellow hairs.

Entry holes. If you find holes that are about the size of a nickel, and they are perfectly round, you have a carpenter bee infestation.

Damage. When carpenter bees tunnel through wood, they can sometimes breach tunnel walls. This damage will look like the dashes and dots of morse code.

Sounds. As we already mentioned, you might hear the bees crunching on the wood of your home.

When carpenter bees start damaging your property, remember that the team at Red Rock Pest Control is always standing by to assist you with your pest control needs. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.


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