Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees construct their nests in wood and are known for their ability to burrow into wood. Although you may see some sawdust outside the holes of their nests, carpenter bees do not eat the wood. Like most other bees, they feed on nectar and pollen from plants. Carpenter bees can form perfectly circular holes measuring about 16mm in wood. They do not eat the wood, but rather vibrate their bodies as they grind their mandibles against the wood – a sound that humans can actually hear.

Carpenter bees are very similar to bumble bees in both size and appearance but can be distinguished by their shiny black abdomen. Carpenter bees are also solitary insects that do not form large colonies. Instead, they make individual nests in trees or parts of buildings like the sidings or frames. 

How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Bees?

Similar to other bees, carpenter bees are extremely docile and rarely sting unless directly provoked. Male carpenter bees are often seen hovering near the nest and will often approach nearby animals or humans. This can be intimidating, but males are completely harmless – they don’t have stingers!

Carpenter bees can cause serious structural damage if not controlled. They prefer weathered and unworked wood for their nests, so one easy way to deter them is to paint or pressure-treat the wood around your home. However, if carpenter bees have already made a home of your home, dust treatments are the most effective option. Our technicians will treat the problem areas and help seal up holes to prevent further damage from the elements and to ensure that no new family of bees can move in. 

DID YOU KNOW? – There are about 500 different species of carpenter bees.

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