Carpenter Bees

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bee

Controlling carpenter bees are similar to controlling other species of bees, however, they are different in some ways. Carpenter bees will drill a hole into the wood structure and will live in the hole, whereas, other bees will build a hive. The hole will be as big as the female Carpenter Bee, the one that drills the hole, which is about 1/2 an inch in diameter (size of a dime). The female Carpenter bee will build a nest after going about 1 inch deep into the wood, and turn in a 90 degree angle. Most of the carpenter bees do not sting, however there are some situations when they will. Male carpenter bees do not have stinger, but the females do and they have a very low dose of venom; so still be extremely cautious when you are approaching them. Be careful when you are trying to control a carpenter bee, because the male bee will confront you when you enter their territory, although they are only capable of harrassig, not stinging. The carpenter bee looks similar to the bumble bee except that the carpenter bee abdomen is black and shiny instead of yellow. The male carpenter bee will have a yellow face and the female will have a black face and they are about 1” long.

Carpenter Bee Inspection

Carpenter bees normally prefer unpainted and weathered wood; although that does not mean that they will not tunnel into your home. They can also be found in partially decayed live oak, deciduous oak, eucalyptus, and other hardwoods, some nests in incense cedar and redwoods and structural timbers. You can also look at your home to see if there are small holes on your structure such as the side, under gutters, shutters, wooden decks/patios, attics, and anywhere else that is made out of wood.

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