Carpenter bees are a common problem for homeowners in Las Vegas, particularly for those who have trees or other wooden structures in their yards (such as decks or children's playscapes). Specifically, carpenter bees are a type of bee that bore into wood to build their nests, leaving small holes in wooden structures and trees. This, combined with the fact that female carpenter bees are capable of stinging, make these insects an unwelcome guest at any home. If you're dealing with these pests on your property, there are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind when it comes to eradicating them.
DO Locate the Source
Start by finding the source of the bees. You may have already spotted some large holes in the wooden structures on your property, which probably indicate the location of a nest. However, there could be more, so take some time to carefully walk around your property, making note of any other possible nests. You could also stand from a distance in the middle of the day and watch to see where large concentrations of bees seem to be congregating.
DON'T Disturb During the Day
Once you know the location of the nests, you can develop a plan of attack. Instant bee, wasp, and insect killer sprays can be sprayed directly into a bored hole to kill the nest on contact. However, you'll generally want to wait until nighttime before you use these sprays. Carpenter bees are less active at night, so the majority of them will be back in the nest. This will maximize the effects of the spray. Just be sure to wear clothing that covers your arms, legs, and other areas of your body to protect you in the event that you get stung--and have a plan for escape, if needed.
DO Prevent Future Infestations
Once you're sure you've gotten rid of the carpenter bees and killed off the nests on your property, you should fill the holes with steel wool or wood putty to prevent bees from returning. Whatever you use to fill the hole, be sure to cover it with a stainable material so that you can re-paint or stain the area to match the rest of the wood.
DON'T Hesitate to Call a Pro
If at any point in the extermination process, you feel uncomfortable, don't hesitate to contact a local pest control company like Swat Bug Killers Pest Control. This way, you can get the peace of mind you need without having to come into contact with the carpenter bees yourself.