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Carpenter Bees

What are carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees are a solitary species of stinging insect that have six legs and are oval and robust in shape. They are yellow or black in color and may or may not have stripes on their body. Their body is covered in hair, except for the abdomen, which is smooth and hairless.

How are they different from bumble bees and honey bees?

The most obvious difference between the three is that carpenter bees are a solitary species while bumble bees and honey bees nest and work together in large colonies.

Carpenter bees and bumble bees are most often confused with each other because of their similar appearance. However, there are some subtle differences between the two. Bumble bees are completely covered in hair, while carpenter bees have a bare abdomen. Also, male carpenter bees have a yellow face, while female carpenter bees and all bumble bees have black faces.

Honey bees are smaller in size, have a more narrow body shape, and wings that are thinner than that of a carpenter bee. Honey bees have an overall fuzzy appearance and are brown and yellow in color.

Where do carpenter bees nest?

Female carpenter bees create nesting areas by boring holes that are about the width of their bodies into untreated wood. Decks, siding, landscape timbers and wooden lawn furniture are all common targets. The females will then create tunnels and galleries following the grain of the wood, the tunnels can run 10-15 cm or more in length. Along with using the tunnels to lay her eggs in, she will use it to overwinter in.

Should I be worried about carpenter bees stinging?

Female carpenter bees have a stinger but are very docile and will rarely sting. But, if they do sting, an allergic reaction from their venom can occur in some people that may require medical attention. Male carpenter bees do not have a stinger but are very aggressive and will buzz, hoover, and circle around your head to protect their nest.

Will carpenter bees damage my home?

Carpenter bees can cause significant damage to homes and other wooden structures, if left unchecked. While females do not build nests together, they may build them in the same piece of wood, eventually sharing galleries as their tunnels meet, increasing the damage. Damage can also occur to your home from woodpeckers that are drawn to carpenter bee nests to eat their eggs. They will peck at the nest entrances helping to weaken the structure even more.

Does Allgood treat carpenter bees?

Yes, Allgood can treat and control carpenter bees. Our professionals are committed to safely and effectively eliminating your problems with carpenter bees and other pests as quickly as possible. For more information about how we can help control carpenter bees contact us today!