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Carpenter Bees

Treatment

As carpenter bees are pollinators, no extreme extermination measures are necessary. Braman may use control methods, such as treating individual holes and nearby surfaces with a repellent. Treatment may need to be repeated the following year, as carpenter bees have strong pheromones that bring them back to the same area year after year.

If you think you have an infestation, contact Braman immediately.

Carpenter Bees Overview

The Carpenter bee is a large bee, often mistaken for bumblebees. Unlike bumblebees, which have hairy abdomens, the carpenter bee has a shiny abdomen. An adult carpenter bee is usually 3/4 to 1 inch in length.

The carpenter bee is well 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 the entrance.

Where termites actually eat wood, bees do not. As they tunnel, they may discard the bits of wood or re-use them to build their nests.

Carpenter bees are long-lived, up to three years and there can be one or two generations per year.

Where are they found?

A carpenter bee builds its nest in fence posts, eaves or structural timbers. They prefer unfinished softwoods, such as cypress, cedar and pine, but especially redwood.

What are some signs of carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees create small round holes, approximately 1/8 inch, in the surface of the wood. Because of their size, they are hard to miss.

What makes them harmful?

Nothing. While carpenter bees may look alarming because of their size, they are important pollinators.

Damage to structural wood is rare, but you may find the holes the carpenter bee makes in your home, as well as the yellow fecal stains they leave, unattractive.

Males, the ones most frequently seen hovering near the nests, do not have stingers. A female is capable of stinging, but almost never does, unless caught in the hand or provoked in a similar way.