ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-If you’re a homeowner with a wood deck or fence chances are you’ve been buzzed by the growing carpenter bee population. They are big, black, mostly smooth, and very standoffish critters that do not like to have their territory disturbed.
They are the first of the bees to start showing up in early spring and this year there have been plenty.
Crews at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions have been answering calls from weary homeowners daily.
The carpenter bees build their nest in soft wood like cedar, which many folks use for deck and fences. They carve out a perfect 3/8' hole. And then dig a channel deep inside where the female lays her eggs.
Most of the time, it's the males that we faceoff with after disturbing their home. But Jay Everitt with Rottler says it's the females you really need to watch out for.
“It is pretty rare that you would get stung. The females are the only ones that have a stinger. If you were messing around with her maybe put your hand out when you’re fixing the hole you’re treating. It`s possible you might get stung.”
Everitt says most of the time do-it-yourselfers can get rid of the bees on their own by spraying approved chemicals into the holes and then sealing them up. However, he cautions that people with bee allergies should call in the pros.