First, this is really firstname.lastname@example.org, Tim Roaix, I live with Beth (ctladycyclist). I am going to send a note to Ed so I can post on my own.
The past couple days there have been great swarms of well over a hundred carpenter bees at Spear Park and the Senior Center at Williams and Main. They have basically made the entire park uninhabitable. I'm going to call the city but as a resident of a home that was once attractive to carpenter bees, I'm concerned that in a city full of older homes that might have some soft wood, this "bloom of carpenter bees" may keep us on our toes. The bees are in the park right now because they are attracted to the older benches, but only so many can nest in one space, so they will start branching out. We have already seen a couple buzzing around our porch at Church and Broad, looking for someplace to call home.
Carpenter bees do not feed on wood but nest in it. They find soft wood (either old wood or expensive cedar trim in my case at my Enfield home) drill a hole about 1/4 inch wide, then burrow and create chambers. They can rapidly create colonies drilling thru the side of your house, all the while there is only this 1/4 inch hole. They do leave sawdust as residue but who looks for sawdust on their lawn trying to keep up with mowing and gardening?
I know swine flu is just around the corner (:}, but I would advise folks in the Village District to walk around your homes a couple times this month and look for sawdust on the grass, and bees that look like bumble-bees but are darker and fly well above the ground and hover around your home.
Tim Roaix. email@example.com