Carpenter bees are often mistake for bumble bees because of their similarity in size and color.
- Often found under decks or porch railings and under the eaves of a house.
- Make nests by tunneling into wood.
- Leave a trail of sawdust as they discard of the wood to build partitions within the tunnels.
- Feed on plant nectar, not wood.
- 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 they are agitated.
- 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.
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For more information on carpenter bees you can visit our PEST ID page or call Northwest Exterminating at 888.466.7849.