Here’s How to Protect Wood from Carpenter Bees and Prevent Damage to Your Home

pair of carpenter bees eating through wood


As your trusted integrative pest control partner, we’re here to empower concerned families and business management professionals with practical strategies to safeguard their yards or indoor spaces at their homes or offices from pesky carpenter bees

This comprehensive guide will teach you how to protect wood from carpenter bees. We’ll explore chemical-free and chemical methods to combat carpenter bee invasions, ensuring a pest-free environment for your loved ones or employees. With Vulcan Termite and Pest Control services and guides on our blog, you can rest assured knowing your property is carpenter-bee-free.

How to Protect Wood from Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees can wreak havoc on wooden structures, but fear not! We have the expertise to help you safeguard your property effectively. From chemical-free methods to professional interventions, we’ve got you covered.

Chemical-Free Methods

  • Seal cracks and crevices with caulk or putty.
  • Install screens or mesh over vents and openings in wood.
  • Prime untreated wood and paint it twice; carpenter bees have more difficulty making holes in primer and twice-paint-fortified wood. 
  • Hang decoy wasp nests to deter carpenter bees; they fear wasps!
  • Opt for (store-bought or DIY) repellents powered by natural ingredients like citrus or neem oil.

Chemical Approaches

  • Treat wooden surfaces with borate-based products.
  • Use insecticidal dust in carpenter bee entry points.
  • Spray residential insecticides around the perimeter of your property.
  • Consider hiring professionals for fumigation or targeted treatments.

When to Call an Expert

Call a pest control expert immediately if your carpenter bee problem becomes an infestation in your home or office.

6 Signs of Carpenter Bee Infestation

Recognizing the signs of a carpenter bee infestation is crucial. Here are six indicators to watch out for:

  1. Circular holes in wooden structures.
  2. Sawdust piles or wood shavings beneath wooden surfaces.
  3. The presence of solitary bees hovering around wood.
  4. Audible buzzing, chewing, and gnawing sounds from near or inside wooden items.
  5. Wood damage resembling tunnels or galleries.
  6. Murky yellow or brown stains (carpenter bee poop) on wood.

Local Experts in Carpenter Bee Control:

At Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, we specialize in carpenter bee eradication and prevention. Our local experts have the knowledge and tools to tackle any infestation effectively. Our family-owned integrative pest management company has served families and business owners in Birmingham, AL, at their homes and offices for over 40 years, safeguarding their property and ensuring a long-term pest-free environment.

With our team, you can rest assured that your home or office is in good hands. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction sets us apart in the industry. Call us at 205-663-4200 or contact us online to let us help you protect your wood from carpenter bees and enjoy a pest-free environment today!

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