Carpenter Bees are commonly mistaken for bumblebees since their appearance is similar, but their behaviors are quite different. Carpenter bees live by themselves while Bumblebees are socials insects similar to honey bees. As their name suggests, the main characteristic of a carpenter bee is that they bore holes and tunnels into wood.

Drilling Holes for Laying Eggs

Their hole they drill looks a bit too small for such a large bee to enter, but one can see they fit perfectly and can easily go in and out. After boring the hole, the bee usually makes a 90 degree turn and creates a tunnel down the length of the board or piece of wood they infest. Within the tunnel, eggs are placed and partitioned by pollen. They prefer softer wood varieties, cedar and redwood being the most frequently used.

Common Places to Find Carpenter Bees

In Michigan and Boston, the most common place to find carpenter bees is in the deck or the facia board on the edge of the roof. If there is unpainted or untreated wood in the area, carpenter bees will infest those areas before going after painted wood. Although carpenter bees live only one year, future bees will re-infest the same holes year after year. Males keep watch on the nest while females lay their eggs. Although male bees, which are smaller than the females, dart at passers by, there is no need to worry. Male Carpenter Bees cannot sting you because they don’t have stingers.

Making sure your deck, pergola, and facia boards are all painted and monitored frequently for activity is a great way to help reduce your chances of carpenter bee damage to your home.

What proof. Professionals Do To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees

If you are noticing Carpenter Bee activity around your home, give us a call today! We can have a technician out to your home within 1 or 2 business days to treat the affected area and prevent further damage. Carpenter bees are covered in our Residential Insects & Spiders Service, along with 30+ other pests including ants, wasps, spiders, mice, and rats, as well as many other household pests.


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