Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bee Female

What do carpenter bees look like?

Carpenter bees look a lot like bumble bees. Carpenter bees have a smooth, shiny, black abdomen where bumble bees have hairy abdomens with yellow markings. Carpenter bees grow from 1/4 to 1 inch in length. Carpenter bees have a yellow hair on their thorax. The female carpenter bee has a black face while the male carpenter bee has a yellow face with a white dot on their head. The female carpenter bee has a stinger and the male does not. 

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Are carpenter bees dangerous?

Carpenter bees are very territorial. Male carpenter bees will hover closely to people but they do not have stingers. They are attracted to movement and will buzz by you. The female tends to stay close to the entry way to the tunnel she has laid her eggs in. If provoked the female carpenter bee can sting. 

Carpenter bees habitat.

Carpenter bees do not live in colonies and they do not make nests. Female carpenter bees do chew holes in wood to lay their eggs and protect the developing larvae until they emerge. They do not eat the wood but rather excavate the hole. The female carpenter bee can usually be found near the entrance to the hole where her eggs are laid. Male carpenter bees can be found flying around the yard foraging nectar. Carpenter bees spend their winters in abandoned tunnels that they have stored pollen in to survive off of. This is why many people notice carpenter bees in the same areas year after year. A treatment done in early spring followed by another treatment in fall before the carpenter bees settle into tunnels for the winter can help prevent or lessen the number of carpenter bees that emerge the following spring. 

How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

Carpenter bee infestations can prove difficult to handle on your own. If left alone carpenter bees can do lots of costly damage to decks, house eaves, storage building, and any other flat sided wood structure.  Prevention is the key to avoiding a carpenter bee problem. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to identify and eliminate carpenter bees as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program. 

How can I prevent carpenter bee problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any carpenter bee problems in your home. 

  • Carpenter bees prefer bare wood to chew through and tunnel. Staining or painting wood can help deter them. 
  • Treating carpenter bee holes in fall then plugging the holes can help lower or prevent carpenter bees coming back in the spring. 
  •  There are carpenter bee traps that you can build or purchase on the internet. 

If you suspect a carpenter bee problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote

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