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. This type of stinging bee gets its name from its habit of boring into wood like a carpenter.
Because they look like bumbles bees, which do sting, carpenter bees evoke a great deal of concern. Males can be aggressive, but are harmless and cannot sting as they lack a stinger. Female bees do possess a stinger but seldom use it unless they are handled or provoked.
These bees will readily return to the same wood or location where they were born. Old nests are used year after year and offspring will often times construct nests alongside old nests. For this reason, a single nest one year will become two or three the following year. If the bees are allowed to tunnel in the same structure year after year, the cumulative damage can be significant.
Carpenter bees can be a real nuisance to homeowners because they tunnel into decks, porches and other wood structures. The most common signs of an infestation are the round, smooth holes that the bees bore into wood. To identify early damage to buildings, you should regularly inspect the perimeter of the home. Also, check out the rest of your property for the presence of these holes and hovering bees.
It is rare for carpenter bees to cause extensive structural damage, but it can happen with a huge infestation that is not controlled early. In the case of an unmanageable carpenter bee problem, contact us.
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If you notice carpenter bees around your home, it’s important to contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the problem.