Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees

Quick Facts About Carpenter Bees
• Get their name from fact that they bore into wood
• Look very similar to a typical bumble bee, but often lack the yellow stripes

What does a Carpenter Bees look like?
• Yellow or black
• Approximately ¼” to 1” long
• 6 legs
• Antennae
• Robust oval shape

What do Carpenter Bees eat?
• Do not feed on the wood like termites
• Carpenter Bees feed on pollen and plant nectar

Where do Carpenter Bees live?
• Carpenter bees are solidary and do not live in nests or colonies
• They hibernate during the winter in abandoned nest tunnels
• Soft, bare (untreated) wood

Are Carpenter Bees dangerous?
• The females do possess a potent stinger, though they rarely sting humans unless provoked
• The males do not have a stinger and any ‘aggressive’ behavior, such as defending its territory, is just posturing
• Females left untreated to bore into wooden structures can cause serious damage over time

How can I prevent a Carpenter Bees infestation?
• Paint or stain all exterior wood surfaces
• Routinely examine all exterior wood surfaces for signs of smooth round holes

How do I get rid of Carpenter Bees?
• If you suspect an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control specialist. Please call DKS Pest Control at (724) 478-5344.

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