Carpenter bees look similar to bumblebees but they lack yellow markings on their abdomens. Instead, carpenter bee abdomens are black, smooth and shiny, whereas bumblebees have hairy, yellow abdomens.
The most common signs of a carpenter bee infestation are the round, smooth holes that carpenter bees bore into wood. To identify early damage to buildings, you should regularly inspect the perimeter of the home and surrounding property for the presence of these holes and hovering bees.
Carpenter bees are a serious threat to your property and cause structural damage over time if left untreated, especially if they repeatedly bore holes for nesting throughout the property. The large larvae settled in the wooden groves cut out by the bees are prey for woodpeckers.
If you notice carpenter bees around your home, it’s important to contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the problem.