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Carpenter Bee Removal in the Athens, Georgia Area

Carpenter bee drilling holes in the railing of a wooden deck.

Carpenter bees are stocky bees that are about the same size as bumble bees. The two can easily be told apart, however, because a carpenter bee's abdomen looks smooth and shiny, whereas a bumble bee's belly looks hairy. Carpenter bees are true bees, not wasps or hornets.

Like bees in general, carpenter bees are beneficial insects because they're industrious pollinators. In fact, they're better pollinators of some crops than honey bees are. Carpenter bees are also among the least likely bees to sting. The males lack stingers altogether, and the females rarely sting. Their energetic flight habits can be intimidating (especially that of the males, who aggressively guard their territories), but your chances of actually being stung by a carpenter bee are very, very slight.

In fact, the only thing not to like about carpenter bees is the female bees' annoying habit of drilling holes and tunnels in wood to lay their eggs. They drill perfectly-round holes in wood from coniferous trees like pine, fir, and spruce, and then burrow along the grain to create galleries in which they lay their eggs.

In nature, they do their nesting in dead tree limbs. The holes they drill allow microbes to get into the wood and help decompose the trees, returning the nutrients to the soil. So it's a good thing. But when they drill holes in houses, barns, sheds, fences, wood furniture, and playground equipment, not so much.

The problem is that carpenter bees don't see a whole lot of difference between one piece of dead wood and another; so they do drill holes in our houses, barns, sheds, fences, wood furniture, and playground equipment, as well as any other piece of suitable wood to which they take a liking. Over time, they can cause great damage, and so they have to be controlled.

Carpenter bee stains on the outside of a home

Carpenter bee fecal stains on the outside of a house

In addition to drilling holes, carpenter bees also deface homes with ugly stains made up of wax, frass (sawdust), and fecal material. These stains can be very difficult to remove or paint over because most paints and coatings won't adhere well to the wax. The holes also allow water and microbes into the wood, which contribute to rot. In some cases, this water can leak into other parts of the structure and cause even more serious damage.

Just in case that wasn't bad enough, the same carpenter bee who drilled a nest, as well as her daughters, may return to the same place the following year to expand and re-use the nest; so untreated carpenter ant problems usually become worse every year. Also, although they're not social bees, multiple females tend to build nests in the same general areas; so it's not unusual for the same piece of wood to have multiple nests.

As for the males, male carpenter bees don't drill holes. What they do while all the drilling is going on is buzz around the vicinity trying to scare off predators and competing males. They're very aggressive and put quite a bit of macho into this behavior. But because they don't have stingers, it's all just a show. The worst thing a male carpenter bee can do to you is head butt you -- which is something that they actually do, by the way. But beyond that, they're harmless. They can be annoying, but they can't hurt you.

Carpenter Bee Removal and Control

Carpenter bee removal and damage repair is very challenging, specialized work that requires great skill and specialized equipment that many other carpenter bee exterminators don't have. The Athens office of Rid-A-Critter provides carpenter bee control services throughout Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding communities. We do more carpenter bee jobs every year than any other company in the region.

Rid-A-Critter's approach to carpenter bee control is much more thorough than that performed by many other companies. In addition to fixing the visible holes, we also seal or screen the bees out to reduce the chances of their drilling again from the unpainted sides of wooden parts of the house. This is one of the invisible differences in the way we do things that nonetheless sets us apart from our competitors.

Please give us a call for an on-site consultation if carpenter bees have started drilling away at your property. We're the region's carpenter bee removal experts, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Carpenter Bee Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of carpenter bee work we've done in and around the Athens, Georgia area.

 

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Carpenter bees did considerable damage to the roof trim at a house in Athens, Georgia. We have a technician repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 09:42:36 am.

A crew from our Athens office is busy at a carpenter bee removal and damage-repair job at a log cabin in Winder, Georgia. Carpenter bees don't actually eat wood, but rather drill into it and excavate tunnels to lay their eggs.
by Webmaster
Aug 09, 2021 10:33:33 am.

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by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
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Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
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Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Out and about in LaGrange Ga on snake calls. Give us a call for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

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by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
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May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

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by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Carpenter bee calls are competing with the squirrel calls - lots of activity today!
by Amber A.
Apr 29, 2021 06:07:05 pm.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

We're just about finished bat-proofing a house in Bogart, Georgia. The bats are all gone and have been sealed out of the attic. Now we have to vacuum up and dispose of the guano and replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:02:59 am.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides carpenter bee control and damage repair in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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