Carpenter bees can wreck your roof if you ignore them

One might observe that certain insects are not afraid of nesting near humans, which can be both an annoyance and a hazard to your family’s health and safety. For instance, little winged creatures like female carpenter bees can be particularly threatening to occupants who are prone to allergic reactions from stings. Apart from the physical pain these bees can inflict, they can also spoil the aesthetics of your home because they cut holes on woodwork and even litter saw dust.

Here is a case where a homeowner complained of the problem:

The wood on our front porch has carpenter bees. They come every summer and there is a strip of wood under the roof that has a line of holes in it. These bugs are aggressive. They have chased me around. I don’t want to get stung. How much damage can they do? What can I do?

The males do not sting but the females will bite if handled roughly. I wouldn’t know how to determine gender and handling one for me is out of the question.

If your home in Annapolis, especially if it’s the rustic type, is made primarily of wood, bees and wasps might actually find it a good place to inhabit and build their colony. You should not delay finding ways to discourage these insects from digging holes and nesting under your roof tiles. Have your roof checked by a professional contractor for roofing in Annapolis and get their assessment on whether you need a repair or replacement in favor of non-wood materials.

Blair Construction can help you with their array of non-wood options – from asphalt shingles and metal to slate and tiles. With our superior skills, you can trust our factory-trained roofers in Annapolis to expertly repair your old roof or install a new one.

There is no escaping bees and the wasps, but you can ensure that they pass over your house and choose a tree instead. Contact Blair Construction and we’ll see what we can do.

(Article Excerpt from On the Level: Plug, caulk and paint to discourage carpenter bees, Capital Gazette, May 24, 2014)

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