Carpenter bees are a solitary bee species. They are a large bee species that range in length from ½ to 1 ½ inch in length. Males are black and orange in color and females are completely black in color. They are often confused with bumble bees but do not have a hairy abdomen; a carpenter bee’s abdomen is black and shiny.
Carpenter bees like to use unpainted, unstained, weathered softwoods as nesting and overwintering areas. They will make their nests in the tunnels that they create through the wood; areas that are often affected are decks, porches and sheds. Carpenter bees do not eat the wood. Breeding pairs will return to the same area year after year, increasing the amount of carpenter bee damage to your structure.
Males do not have a stinger, but are aggressive and will fly around the nesting entrance to protect it. If you are wondering do carpenter bees sting, the answer is females have a stinger but are fairly docile and will only sting if directly threatened or handled. Their venom can cause an allergic reaction; if this happens medical attention should be sought immediately. Carpenter bee tunnels attract woodpeckers who feed on their larvae; a woodpecker pecking at the tunnels to reach their food source is what causes the majority of the damage to your structure.
Getting rid of carpenter bees can be difficult because all tunnels need to be treated to ensure that a re-infestation does not happen. At Rose Pest Solutions, our residential pest control services will be able to treat your current infestation and prevent future ones from occurring.
Do-It-Yourself techniques are not recommended; if the chemicals are not placed or used properly they can be very dangerous to you, your family and pets. Also carpenter bees can sting you, with the potential to cause an allergic reaction.
At Rose Pest Solutions, we follow very strict guidelines for the use of pest control products so that they pose no hazard to people, pets or plants. Every product we use has been checked and registered by the EPA and our highly trained service technicians will inform you of any safety measures that need to be taken.
The best way to prevent carpenter bee infestations is to make sure that any wood used to build structures on your property is properly painted or sealed. If possible, try to build using hardwood instead of softwood materials.