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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumble bees, as they are similar in size and color, and are frequently seen in the spring hovering around the eaves of a house or under decks or porch rails.

½-1″ long

Robust appearance

Thorax is fuzzy and yellow, abdomen is a shiny black color

Males have a white patch on the face

Carpenter bees make nests by tunneling into wood, usually with only one entry hole but several tunnels within

Entry holes are usually perfectly circular, about 16mm in length (.63 inches)

Do not eat wood; it’s discarded or re-used to build partitions within tunnels (leaving sawdust on surfaces beneath the nest)

Feed on plant nectar

Homes with wooden decks, eaves, or other areas of exposed wood are likely targets for carpenter bee damage

Males do not have stingers but can be aggressive to other bees, animals, or people near the nest

Females can sting but rarely do unless agitated

Galleries can be treated with an insecticidal dust

Galleries should be sealed in the fall (when they are no longer active)

Untreated wood should be painted or sealed to discourage nesting behaviors

Bees are protected as pollinators, so treatment is only enacted when the bees are deemed a nuisance