Carpenter bees are wood-boring bees native to Wisconsin. They do not eat wood like termites; they drill tunnels inside wood to use as nests. Carpenter bees are not social insects and build individual nests. Often confused with bumblebees, carpenter bees have a shiny black abdomen and “hovering” flight pattern. They are ½ to 1 inch in length and incredibly docile. Carpenter bees will often approach humans but don’t feel intimidated; males are completely harmless as they don’t have stingers.
Why Do I Have Them?
Carpenter bees prefer unfinished or untreated wood. They do not typically damage wooden structures inside the home but rather fences, porches, siding, and eaves. They form perfectly circular tunnels that are 6 to 12 inches deep. If not controlled, these bees may continue using and expanding the same tunnels each summer season.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
While carpenter bees are relatively harmless, their wood excavating can cause noticeable damage to wood over time. Carpenter bees may use the same tunnel each year or make new ones near old tunnels, which can affect the structural integrity of the area they are inhabiting. If not controlled, these bees can cause serious damage to fences, sheds, and siding.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Bees?
Getting rid of carpenter bees can be difficult because of their nesting habits. Contact our pest specialists if you notice circular, dime-sized holes in wood structures around your property. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, our experienced technicians will safely remove beehives from your property and eliminate your stinging pest problem.