The carpenter bee is a large species, often mistaken for a bumble bee. Unlike bumble bees, which have hairy abdomens, carpenter bees have shiny abdomens.
Carpenter bees are suitably named, due to the fact that they tunnel into wood to build their nests. Each nest will have a single entrance, but the bees will create many tunnels that run off from each other. While termites actually eat wood, carpenter bees do not consume it; when tunneling, they may discard the bits of wood or re-use them to build sections within their nests. If you notice perfectly circular, half-inch holes in the unfinished wood around your property, you may be in need of Braman’s carpenter bee control methods.
Carpenter bees are long-lived, up to three years and there can be one or two generations per year.