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Carpenter Bee Removal in the Athens, Georgia Area

Carpenter bee drilling holes in the railing of a wooden deck before a pest control technician treated the wood.

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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Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

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by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

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by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

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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