Knoxville Bee & Wasp Control
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As soon as summertime approaches, there’s nothing better than spending quality time outdoors with your friends and family. However, one thing that can quickly ruin this outdoor enjoyment is stumbling across a beehive or wasp nest. A sting from one of these insects can be dangerous, especially if you or a loved one is allergic. However, bees and wasps not only pose a threat to you, they also can significantly damage your property. One of the major local pest problems we encounter in Tennessee is property damage due to carpenter bees and wasps. These stinging insects are attracted to exposed wood and search for favorable places on your property to safely build nests. For your safety, it’s important that you don’t try to remove these nests yourself. Instead, let our licensed and certified Knoxville bee and wasp control specialists at Pest-Ops, LLC handle it for you.
Identifying Carpenter Bees
It’s not uncommon for people to mistake carpenter bees for bumblebees because they’re roughly the same size and are black with yellow markings. However, there’s an easy way to differentiate the two. A carpenter bee’s abdomen is shiny and black while a bumblebee’s abdomen is fuzzy and covered in hairs.
Why Carpenter Bees Damage Property
As soon as the temperature begins to warm up, carpenter bees mate and the females begin to search for a site to lay their eggs. When they find a suitable site to nest, they bore into wood, chewing with their mandibles to create a round half inch hole.
Typical nesting sites include:
- Trim around windows or doors
- Fascia boards behind gutters
- Wood siding
- Deck railings
- Underside of decks
How to Tell You Have a Carpenter Bee Infestation
Typically, the first sign that you have an infestation is seeing the bees flying around your property. However, another way to tell is seeing piles of sawdust below where they drilled to form nests.
Eliminating Bees & Wasps
At Pest-Ops, LLC, we first begin by eliminating the active insects that are affecting the house. This typically involves treating the holes and areas adjacent to the holes to prevent reinfestation. Next, our Knoxville bee and wasp control specialists will safely remove any nests on the exterior of your property.
To help prevent new infestations, we recommend that you patch and paint over the old holes about a week after treatment. Frequently staining or painting exterior wood also helps make it less susceptible to new infestations.
Protect Your Property from Damage Today!
As a local and family owned and operated company, Pest-Ops, LLC has a thorough understanding of pests common in the Knoxville area. When we arrive at your property, we will perform a detailed inspection, identifying the affected areas. From there, we will determine the best approach, always resorting to environmentally friendly treatment options that are safe for both you and your pets.