Carpenter Bees

 

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Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumble bees, as they are similar in size and color, and are frequently seen in the spring hovering around the eaves of a house or under decks or porch rails.

Identification

  • Large, black and yellow bees
  • Males have light or yellow face with large eyes, often seen hovering near nests

Environment

  • Make nests by tunneling into wood, usually with only one entry hole but several tunnels within
  • Entry holes are usually perfectly circular, about 16mm in length (.63 inches)
  • Do not eat wood; it’s discarded or re-used to build partitions within tunnels (leaving sawdust on surfaces beneath the nest)
  • Feed on plant nectar

Threats

  • Homes with wooden decks, eaves, or other areas of exposed wood are likely targets for carpenter bee damage
  • Males do not have stingers but can be aggressive to other bees, animals, or people near the nest
  • Females can sting but rarely do unless agitated

Treatment

  • Treat or paint all exposed wood surfaces
  • Each nest hole should be treated individually if bees are inside
  • Seal or paint nest holes if bees are not inside
  • Call a professional pest control company – 888-466-7849