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    The Carpenter Bee

    Not your typical honeybee, carpenter bees live a solitary life, burrowing into wood and soil to lay its eggs. This poses a large problem for businesses and homeowners alike. These pests drill into any wooden surface, creating structural damage that is a costly annoyance to homeowners.

    Its industrious buzzing sound is a forewarning of its appearance, and females will sting to defend their territory. These large, black bees can drill over six inches into wooden structures and make “Swiss cheese” out of your home. Not only do they cause structural damage, but the holes left from boring also attract other pests like aggressive yellow jackets and even woodpeckers. Carpenter bees often return to the same nest gallery, and if left untreated, these pests can eat your home from the inside out.

    These pests need to be stopped the second they’re spotted, implementing prevention and control programs immediately. They’re attracted to exposed wood, sawdust, and can infiltrate any part of your home. Doors, windowsills, railings, decks, fences, and more are not safe from this large insect pest. If you notice a carpenter bee crawling or buzzing around, contact Platinum Pest Control—we’ll come up with a prevention plan that will keep these pests out of your home.
    Platinum Pest Threat Level medium
    • bite: Medium–males cannot sting, females can, but only when threatened
    • allergen: High, stings can become irritated and infected, especially for those with allergies
    • pet: Medium
    • child: High
    • reproduction: Medium
    • colony: Medium, ranging from 6–10 egg cells
    • attracted: Exposed wood
    • location: Throughout North America
    Precautions & Treatment
    • Seal/stain exposed wood.
    • Contact Platinum Pest Control to implement spring and fall treatments.


    A common "pest" for homeowners and business owners alike, honeybees are a vital part of the ecosystem in which we live. They set up shop in a variety of places: trees, roofs, decks, chimneys, and other common places around the home. If you notice a few busy workers bees buzzing around your yard, chances are, a hive is lurking nearby.

    There are three types of bees: Queen, Drones, and Workers. The Queen lays up to 2,500 eggs a day and produces chemicals that guide the behavior of other bees. Drones are male bees whose purpose is to mate with the queen, creating new generations. Worker bees are charged with foraging for food(pollen), building, and protecting the hive. These bees are responsible for the vital act of pollination. Hives can contain up to 50,000 bees and even contain up to 90 pounds of honey and comb.

    While some pest control companies exterminate bees, Platinum Pest Control takes extra measure to NOT exterminate honeybees. We understand their importance in the environment and don't want to kill any of them. We exterminate only when necessary, which is rare. If you notice honeybees buzzing about, there may be a nest nearby, but don't try to remove it yourself. Bees will attack if provoked, especially at their nest. Let the experts at Platinum Pest Control safely and humanely remove your bees to a new location where they can continue pollinating and creating a habitable environment.
    Platinum Pest Threat Level low
    • bite: Medium–will sting if threatened
    • allergen: High
    • pet: Medium
    • child: High
    • reproduction: Rapid
    • colony: Large– up to 50,000 bees
    • attracted: Flowers, sugary drinks, secluded places
    • location: Throughout North America
    Precautions & Treatment
    • Do not remove the nest yourself. They may attack you, and pesticides can kill bees.
    • Contact Platinum Pest Control to implement spring and fall treatment.


    The fuzzy cousins of the honeybee, bumblebees play a large role in the crucial process of pollination. Because of their large, furry bodies, bumblebees as particularly useful pollinators. Their wings beat at a speed of 130 times or more per second, and that beating combined with their large bodies vibrates flowers, causing buzz pollination. This type of pollination encourages plants to produce more fruit and improve the ecosystem.

    Though they may seem frightening, bumblebees are quite docile. They spend their days buzzing from flower to flower, collecting pollen and drinking nectar. Bumblebees nest in the ground or under logs, leaves, and other debris, only stinging when their nest is disturbed–though they don't die after stinging like honeybees. Colonies can contain between 50 and 500 bees, and a single dominant female rules the colony. When autumn arrives, the worker bees die, and the queen hibernates underground and stats a new colony when springtime arrives.

    We at Platinum Pest Control do all we can to keep bees thriving. Their population is drastically dwindling, so we only exterminate when absolutely necessary. If you notice a few of these fuzzy fliers buzzing around, no need to worry. Platinum Pest can relocate the bees and bring back your peace of mind.
    Platinum Pest Threat Level low
    • bite: Low
    • allergen: High
    • pet: Medium
    • child: High
    • reproduction: Moderate
    • colony: Medium
    • attracted: Flowers, nectar, secluded places
    • location: Throughout North America
    Precautions & Treatment
    • Do not approach nest, bees will sting if nest is disturbed.
    • Do not use pesticides or other extermination methods.
    • Contact Platinum Pest Control to relocate bees.
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