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Carpenter Bee Control and Damage Repair in Metro Birmingham

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

Carpenter bees are also known as "wood bees" or "borer bees." They are true bees (as opposed to wasps) that look a lot like bumblebees. The most visible difference is that the abdomens of carpenter bees are shiny, whereas those of bumble bees are more fuzzy. They are non-aggressive bees who rarely sting, are significant pollinators, and are the primary pollinators of some crops.

The problem with carpenter bees is that they have this annoying and destructive habit of drilling holes in wood. Most often this occurs in roof fascias and deck railings; but they also drill holes in siding, playground equipment, deck furniture, wooden fences, and pretty much any other piece of softwood they can find.

One clue that you have a carpenter bee problem is the sawdust that falls from the hole from the bees' drilling activities. If you see a small pile of sawdust on your deck during the spring season, chances are that a carpenter bee was the culprit. A bit later on, in the early summer, you can recognize carpenter bee holes by the waxy stains that drip from the holes.

Why do Carpenter Bees Drill Holes?

Carpenter bees don't drill holes just to annoy us. Female carpenter bees drill holes in wood to lay their eggs. They drill a hole in the surface of the wood and make a sharp turn in the direction of the grain, making tunnels inside the wood that can range from a few inches to several feet in length.

Once the tunnels have been excavated, the mama carpenter bee fills the tunnels with eggs, single file inside the tunnel, and separated by wax and honey. The eggs hatch in the opposite order from that in which they were laid, so the ones closest to the original hole where the tunnel started hatch first.

Carpenter Bee Control

As interesting as carpenter bees may be, most people prefer that they not drill holes in their homes and other wooden possessions. That's why Rid-A-Critter provides carpenter bee-control and damage-repair services throughout Birmingham and its Metro area. In addition to treating the bee problem, we also fill the holes, or even replace infested wood if necessary.

Carpenter Bee Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of carpenter bee control work that we've done in and around the Birmingham area.

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Looking up at a male pest control technician who is on the top of a tall ladder treating a carpenter bee infestation in the roof overhang of a large house in Birmingham, Alabama.
Carpenter bee control at a Birmingham home
A carpenter bee emerging head first from a hole in a wooden timber at a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
Carpenter bee emerging from a hole in Tuscaloosa
Dead carpenter bees on the pavement outside a house in Birmingham Alabama after they were treated with insecticide.
Aftermath of carpenter bee control in Birmingham
Male pest control technician on a ladder performing carpenter bee control on the eaves of the roof of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
Carpenter bee control in Vestavia Hills
Waxy carpenter bee stains on the siding of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
Carpenter bee stains on the siding in Birmingham
Waxy carpenter bee stains spattered on the painted brick wall of a house in Trussville Alabama.
Carpenter bee stains on the bricks in Trussville
Several carpenter bee holes with sawdust under them in the log wall of a cabin near Trussville Alabama.
Carpenter bee holes at a cabin in Trussville
A perfectly round carpenter bee hole in a log cabin in Bessemer Alabama with honey and sawdust on the log under the hole.
Carpenter bee hole in a cabin in Bessemer
Galvanized steel hardware cloth installed on the gap along the edge of the roof as part of a carpenter bee control job in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
Carpenter bee exclusion at a Tuscaloosa home.
Close up of a carpenter bee on a flower that is lying on a picnic table
Close up of a carpenter bee
Two carpenter bees gathering nectar from orange flowers
Carpenter bees gathering nectar from flowers
Split photo of before and after carpenter bee job, showing the holes that were patched up
Before and after carpenter bee control job
Carpenter bee holes in the wooden beam of an outdoor pavilion in Birmingham, Alabama
Carpenter bee holes in a pavillion in Birmingham
Carpenter bee stains on the painted wood of a house, under the roof eaves
Carpenter bee stains under the eaves of a house
Carpenter bee holes in the wooden rafter of the roof of a house
Carpenter bee holes in the wood of a house
Carpenter bee holes with wax stains in the wooden structural members of a house
Carpenter bee holes in the wood of a house
Carpenter bee underneath a deck railing drilling a hole
Carpenter bee drilling a hole in a deck railing

For more information about carpenter bee removal or any of our quality services, please call us today for an on-site inspection and consultation.


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by Jason Arruda
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Critter truck getting maintenance then it’s off to Gray Ga for noises in the attic.
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We’re headed out to treat/seal carpenter bee holes at a few houses this beautiful morning!
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Exclusion sold in Gray Ga. Going to be another satisfied customer.
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May 18, 2023 04:00:20 pm.

Was able to squeeze another customer in today in Gray Ga. Issue is bats.
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In Tyrone Ga on a few exclusion quotes, then to Fayetteville Ga. Bats, squirrels and attic noise
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Doing inspections/quotes in Butler Ga., Thomaston Ga., and Griffin Ga. today from Snakes in a crawl space, bats in a gable and squirrels in the attic.
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May 11, 2023 11:04:31 am.

Wildlife Crews across Georgia and Alabama sealing homes, removing animals and insulation replacement. Be safe out there. Making customers happy!
by Jason Arruda
May 10, 2023 09:06:09 am.

Going to be in Macon Ga all day today quoting animal exclusions. Bats, squirrels and snakes.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2023 09:13:28 am.

Quoted animal (rats, squirrels) exclusions in Luthersville Ga, Peachtree City Ga and Griffin Ga. so far. We have a crew in Jeffersonville Ga. Doing Carpenter bee service.
by Jason Arruda
May 08, 2023 01:50:14 pm.

Quoted a home in Fayetteville for squirrels and getting ready to go to Miledgeville for a Carpenter bee quote for a log cabin.
by Jason Arruda
May 02, 2023 11:14:43 am.

Albany Ga today quoting bat removal/Exclusion.
by Jason Arruda
May 01, 2023 09:22:28 am.

A crew doing carpenter bee control at a Birmingham, Alabama home had to break out their tallest ladders to reach the holes in the roof overhang. Carpenter bee control usually requires working high up in the air using ladders, scaffolding, or lift trucks because unlike our pest control technicians, carpenter bees can fly.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2023 09:50:26 am.

Calls coming in from bats to squirrels and everything in between. Visiting homes in the Fayetteville, Griffin, Newnan areas today. Exclusions are being scheduled! Happy Tuesday
by Jason Arruda
Apr 25, 2023 11:53:41 am.

I’ll be quoting in Fayette, Spalding, Upson and Pike Counties today. Bats, squirrels and Carpenter bees.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 17, 2023 09:15:51 am.

On route to Dallas GA for a Carpenter Bee job. The customer lives in a beautiful log cabin thats being chewed out like crazy from the bees. Hoping to get these bees treated and give this customer some relief.
by Mason B.
Apr 17, 2023 09:02:02 am.

Dodging the rain, started off in Atlanta, mice in the attic, then out to temple, ga. Has had rats, now has a raccoon who has ripped down the soffit.
by Chris Collender
Apr 14, 2023 09:31:01 am.

Out quoting exclusions for Bats, Bats and more Bats in Miledgeville today.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 14, 2023 09:04:23 am.

Carpenter bees are out and about, quoted a larger home in dawsonville, he has holes everywhere
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2023 10:36:29 am.

Beautiful day, started off in Ellenwood, mice in the kitchen, now headed to rats in a rental property in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2023 09:34:04 am.

Trying to work around this rain, Mableton, ga quote for mice, then off to Temple, ga for squirrels, now headed to Snellville for rats
by Chris Collender
Apr 03, 2023 12:08:49 pm.

Beautiful day to be out and about, quoted squirrel jobs in Decatur(where it’s greater), and Riverdale, headed out to Covington for mice, back to Marietta for squirrels chewing on facia board
by Chris Collender
Mar 29, 2023 03:16:33 pm.

Rain rain go away, in Stone Mountain today
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Mar 27, 2023 11:18:39 am.

In Oglethorpe, Montezuma, Vienna and Byron Ga. today quoting homes Wildlife Exclusions that has Bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 23, 2023 11:31:15 am.

Bat calls are coming in already with the mild winter in middle to south ga. Tifton, Vienna, Cordele, Zebulon, and Barnesville Ga. Just to name a few cities I’ll be today and tomorrow.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 22, 2023 12:41:29 pm.

Good morning, glad to back, was out 2 1/2 months cause I broke my leg, time to quote some houses
by Chris Collender
Mar 20, 2023 09:48:34 am.

We’re treating a house for Carpenter Bees this morning in Marietta!
by Brandon C.
Mar 17, 2023 08:52:39 am.

In Tifton Ga giving a quote for a commercial building for squirrels and then headed to another commercial building in Americus Ga for bats. Ending the day in Macon Ga for a residential quote for Rats. Have a good day!
by Jason Arruda
Mar 13, 2023 11:57:15 am.

Scurrying in the attic, scratching in the walls sounds like you may have critters. Going to some homes today hearing these noises.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 10, 2023 09:34:34 am.

Wildlife exclusions for Bats, rats and squirrels are keeping us busy in Barnesville, Macon and Albany Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 09, 2023 10:44:54 am.

Headed to Vienna Ga after a customer referred they’re neighbors to us.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 08, 2023 10:35:37 am.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides carpenter bee removal and damage repair in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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