Carpenter bees are big black solitary bees that look similar to bumble bees but have bare, shiny backs whereas a bumble bee’s back is hairy. Hi Nate, if you still have the borer it may be a good idea to get it to us and we can then try and identify it for you. The larvae do not feed on the wood; they eat the fungus that grows on the moist timber gallery excavated by the adult female. Wood-boring beetles play an important ecological role by tunneling through dead and decaying wood to aid in decomposition.
Deathwatch beetles prefer wood that is more moist (greater than 14% moisture) than what powderpost beetles prefer and may be less of a problem in houses with central heating and air conditioning. After one plays an instrument for several years, dimensional changes in the wood and key wear may render the key system compromised. Larvae usually require 2 to 3 years to develop in wood with 15 to 25 percent moisture, but they can take as long as 15 years to develop in very dry wood.
Changes in the wood are a function of its grain structure, levels of internal stress, seasoning procedures, and local environment. Roundheaded borers typically have antennae that are longer than their bodies (hence their other name: longhorned borer). They can cause considerable damage in rustic structures and some manufactured products by mining into sapwood and heartwood. Usually, larvae become adults in the spring, but they may not emerge immediately.
It may be best to contact your closest natural history museum to see if they can offer any advice as you may have different borer species to those from our information sheet which is aimed at Australian situations. WoodEater® Bits – Designed for overhead work, rewiring and remodeling in all types of wood. Wood bee awareness and control will help eliminate these attacking” bees from harassing you, your family and your home.
They are usually smaller than cracks caused by rapid temperature and moisture changes and seem to be mostly a result of long term deterioration that generates areas of high localized stress in the wood. Mix it at the rate of 1 ounce per gallon and spray it on any wood surface where wood bees may want to bore into wood trying to create a nest. The adults of these boers will emerge from the wood after it has been incorporated into the structure.
Flatheaded borer adults tend to be torpedo-shaped with bright metallic coloring, such as the golden buprestid in the picture. When I was a kid a friend told me if you put a carpenter bee in the freezer alive you can reincarnate it by thawing it out later. You are welcome to see if our experts can identify the borers via our Ask the Experts page; yon this page you can upload a photograph, but it would need to be a clear image of the animal itself rather than of the damage to the tree.