Is that a bumblebee drilling a hole in my shed? Nope, it’s a carpenter bee! These wood boring pests can cause some real damage to structures and they are capable of stinging on occassion. Let’s learn a little more about them.
Carpenter Bee Facts:
- Carpenter bees do not eat wood, instead they drill holes to use as tunnels to their nest
- Carpenter bees build individual nests rather than colonies
- Up to an inch in length with an oval shape, carpenter bees are quite substantial in size
- A good way to tell if it is a carpenter bee rather than a bumblebee is the smooth and shiny abdomen that is lacking yellow markings
- The holes that carpenter bees make are round and smooth
- Common nesting sites include trees and wood structures
- Female carpenter bees typically only sting if provoked by contact
- Male carpenter bees can’t sting but they may fly aggressively near you as they patrol
- The diet of a carpenter bee consists of plant pollen and nectar
- Carpenter bees reach adulthood in approximately 7 weeks
How to Prevent Carpenter Bees:
Carpenter bees tend to prefer bare wood, so painting or staining can help deter them. It is also wise to seal cracks and crevices around your wood structures.
If you discover carpenter bees in a structure, it is best to contact us for a thorough treatment. Attention Pest Solutions offers bee control for Saratoga County, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County.