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Carpenter Bee Removal and Control in Atlanta

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

Carpenter bees are chubby-looking insects who are true bees, not wasps or hornets. They resemble bumble bees, except that a carpenter bee's abdomen is shiny-looking, whereas a bumble bee's is fuzzy-looking.

Carpenter bees are likable, for the most part. The females almost never sting, and the males don't even have stingers (although they like to pretend that they do). Also, like bees in general, carpenter bees are hard-working pollinators. You'll never find a lazy carpenter bee.

There's this one little habit that carpenter bees have, however, that makes people hate them: Carpenter bees drill holes in wood. Their holes are so perfectly-round that they look like they were drilled with a carpenter's brace and bit (hence their common name), and they drill them in any available piece of dead coniferous wood they can find including houses, sheds, garages, playground equipment, wooden deck chairs, and the wooden decks themselves.

Left to their own devices, carpenter bees can really do a lot of damage. And because they're strong fliers, they have a habit of drilling up high, in places you can't reach without a ladder or a cherry picker.

Why do Carpenter Bees Drill Holes?

Female carpenter bees drill holes to lay their eggs in. They start on one face or edge of the wood, drill in a bit, take a sharp turn in the direction of the grain, and make a long tunnel.

Once the tunnels are drilled out, the carpenter bee starts laying eggs inside of them. The young complete their development inside the galleries. Very often females will return to the wood from which they emerged to lay their own eggs (making even more tunnels in the process), so carpenter bee damage can get worse every year if not treated.

Another problem with carpenter bees is that they leave ugly stains of wax, frass, and fecal material on wooden surfaces. They basically just sweep it out the hole, where it can create unsightly stains that are difficult to remove. And again, if you ignore the problem, it'll just get worse over time.

Carpenter Bee Removal and Control

Carpenter bee stains on the outside of a home

Carpenter bee fecal stains on the outside of a house

Over time, carpenter bees can cause extensive damage to homes and wooden items, as well as cause ugly stains like the ones in this picture. If you have carpenter bees boring into your home, wooden furnishing, playground equipment, or any other valuable item made of wood, you really need to get the problem taken care of.

Carpenter bee removal and damage repair can be difficult because of the heights involved. In Rid-A-Critter's case that's not a problem because we have all kinds of ways to rise to the occasion, from step stools to bucket trucks. But it's definitely not the kind of job you want to try yourself.

Our carpenter bee work is also superior to most other companies' because we not only take care of the visible holes and damage, but we also seal the bees out so they can't start drilling from the hidden side of the wood. This is very detailed work, but it's also very important. Unpainted wood such as that behind the fascia board and attic area is likely to be attacked if we don't seal the carpenter bees out. We install screening to help prevent the carpenter bees from attacking those areas.

The long and short of it is that if you want the best carpenter bee work anywhere in the Metro Atlanta area, we're the company to call. We can handle any carpenter bee job, no matter how big or how small. Just give us a call for a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Metro Atlanta Carpenter Bee Control Gallery

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

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Carpenter bees damage to about four inches of the edges of two adjacent rows of the rough-sawed wooden siding at a house in Covington, Georgia.
Carpenter bee damage to the siding in Covington
The combined effect of carpenter bees and water damage made the soffit panel of a house in Marietta Georgia resemble moldy Swiss cheese because of the many rotten holes in the wood.
Water and carpenter bee damage in Marietta
Waxy looking stain running down the outside of a house in Atlanta right under a carpenter bee hole in the wood above it.
Carpenter bee frass and staining in Atlanta
Three carpenter bee holes in a vertical row a couple of inches from each other in a four by four inch wooden post at a house inn Atlanta.
Carpenter bee holes in a wooden post in Atlanta
Two carpenter bee holes in a wooden timber over a window with waxy frass on the window screen immediately under the holes.
Carpenter bee holes in a house in Atlanta
About half a dozen carpenter bee holes with sawdust under them in the logs of a log cabin in Newnan Georgia.
Carpenter bee holes in a log cabin in Newnan
Bald man on a ladder treating a carpenter bee infestation and repairing the damage the bees did at a house in Decatur Georgia.
Carpenter bee control and damage repair in Decatur
Carpenter bee foraging on a flower in front of a house in Atlanta.
Carpenter bee on a flower in Atlanta
Small mound of sawdust about the diameter of a dime under a wooden deck at a Fayetteville Georgia home from carpenter bees drilling holes in the wood.
Carpenter bee frass at a house in Fayetteville
Exposed carpenter bee tunnels along about two feet of the edge of the wooden fascia behind and under the rain gutter of a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee damage to a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bees made extensive tunnels along two feet of the wooden fascia and left stains and frass on the frieze board of a house in Ellenwood Georgia
Carpenter bee damage at a house in Ellenwood
Waxy splattered stains from carpenter bee holes on the wooden trim and stone wall of a house in Johns Creek Georgia
Carpenter bee stains on a house in Johns Creek
The wooden roof fascia of a house in Atlanta has been extensively tunneled by carpenter bees and the entire inside of the gallery is exposed
Carpenter bee damage at a house in Atlanta
Small pile of carpenter bee frass or sawdust on the outside of a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee frass at a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee holes and fecal stains under them in the siding and roof trim of a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee holes in a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee holes in a window frame and staining on the window from the frass and wax
Carpenter bee problem at a house in Atlanta
Frass stains on the siding of a house in Decatur Georgia from the carpenter bees wax and dropping dripping from the holes
Carpenter bee infestation in Decatur
Close up of a carpenter bee gathering nectar on a flower in Atlanta Georgia
Carpenter bee on a flower in Atlanta
Carpenter bees pecked along the carpenter bee tunnel to get at the larval carpenter bees inside
Carpenter bee and woodpecker damage in Atlanta
Carpenter bees made tunnels in the wooden roof trim and caused part of it to fall off
Carpenter bee damage in Brookhaven
The wooden joist under the deck of the house is full of carpenter bee holes
Carpenter bee damage under a deck in Brookhaven
Carpenter bee drilling a hole in a piece of wood
Carpenter bee drilling a hole in a piece of wood
Carpenter bee holes in the side of a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee holes in a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee holes in a weathered wooden beam of the deck of a house in Atlanta
Carpenter bee holes in a deck in Atlanta
Man on a roof sealing carpenter bees out of the roof of a house near the base of the chimney
Carpenter bee control in Newnan
Close up of a carpenter bee on a flower that is lying on a picnic table
Close up of a carpenter bee
Extensive carpenter bee holes and tunnels in the wooden frieze board of a house in Grayson Georgia
Carpenter bee damage to a house in Grayson


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Atlanta is full of carpenter bees
by Bin P.
Jun 09, 2023 01:26:17 pm.

Quoted 2 in LaGrange, Ga. one for bats and the other for snakes. Next stop, Newnan Ga for mice.
by Jason Arruda
Jun 07, 2023 12:02:36 pm.

On the road again
by Chad W.
Jun 06, 2023 06:33:36 am.

Headed to quote a house near the Atlanta Zoo this morning. Hopefully it’s a raccoon like the homeowner suspects and not a tiger from the zoo.
by Chad W.
Jun 05, 2023 06:05:55 am.

It’s a beautiful day to catch some critters
by Chad W.
Jun 03, 2023 05:20:31 pm.

Carpenter bees damaged the edges of two adjacent rows of the rough-sawed wooden siding trying to find a place to drill holes to lay their eggs in a house in Covington, Georgia. A carpenter bee control crew is on their way to treat the bee problem and repair the damage.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2023 07:18:50 am.

Sold a exclusion in Gray Ga for bats now to Griffin Ga for a dead animal smell in a commercial building then to Meansville Ga for a quote for animal exclusion, possibly more bats.
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2023 12:31:31 pm.

Oglethorpe Ga customer having issues with something entering her crawlspace. Headed out to do a inspection.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2023 10:06:56 am.

Critter truck getting maintenance then it’s off to Gray Ga for noises in the attic.
by Jason Arruda
May 24, 2023 10:23:13 am.

Zebulon, Thomaston, Butler, Ellaville, Americus, Albany and Moultrie Ga cities I’ll be today quoting wildlife removal services.
by Jason Arruda
May 23, 2023 10:22:46 am.

We’re headed out to treat/seal carpenter bee holes at a few houses this beautiful morning!
by Brandon C.
May 19, 2023 07:07:49 am.

Exclusion sold in Gray Ga. Going to be another satisfied customer.
by Jason Arruda
May 18, 2023 04:00:20 pm.

Was able to squeeze another customer in today in Gray Ga. Issue is bats.
by Jason Arruda
May 18, 2023 02:58:01 pm.

In Tyrone Ga on a few exclusion quotes, then to Fayetteville Ga. Bats, squirrels and attic noise
by Jason Arruda
May 18, 2023 10:01:35 am.

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.
by Jason Arruda
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.

We’re helping a customer get rid of their Carpenter Bee’s this morning in Atlanta 🐝
by Brandon C.
May 02, 2023 07:13:01 am.

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

We are on a job in ATL, GA treating for Carpenter Bees. Prime time summer time is full force this year!
by Mason B.
Apr 07, 2023 08:35:54 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
by Chris Collender
Mar 27, 2023 11:18:39 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides carpenter bee control and damage repair in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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