Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees: What you need to know

Identifying Characteristics

  • Adult Carpenter Bees can measure Âľ – 1 inch in length
  • They closely resemble bumble bees, but are larger and more robust with the top surface of their abdomen mostly bare and shiny
  • They will drill into wood and create a nearly perfect hole approximately 1/2 inch in diameter, leaving round holes and a coarse sawdust-like substance called frass
  • Carpenter Bees will try to bore into the bare wood near the roof, such as in eaves, gables, fascia board, decking, or other wood areas around the exterior of a home

Active Season

  • Carpenter Bees are most active during their mating season in Spring and early Summer
  • They do not create “nests” but holding cells provisioned with pollen and each holding one egg that develops into an adult later in the season for the purpose of mating and reproducing the following spring

Interesting Facts

  • The male Carpenter Bee does not have a stinger, and only hovers around humans as an intimidation method
  • A Carpenter Bee can dig a burrow as far as 4 feet long inside of a wooden structure

Cause for Concern

  • Carpenter Bees can chew a simple but prolific tunnel, known as a gallery, through a house’s timbers
  • They can easily destroy untreated wood with their galleries causing extensive damage that will result in needing to replace sections of the wooden structure

Town & Country Can Help

Customer Preparation

  • Please be able to point out the area that you have been seeing the Carpenter Bees. If you will not be home for the treatment, please provide us with a thorough description or clearly mark the area of concern

Our Guarantee

  • Town & Country Pest Solutions offers a guarantee that is above the industry average on every pest that we treat. Please contact our office for specific guarantee offers

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If you have any evidence or any suspicion that this pest is around your property do NOT hesitate to contact us before the problem gets out of control.

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At Town & Country Pest Solutions we have gone through great lengths to better understand the pests that we encounter. Photos and videos have been an important tool in our research and we have included them here to help you “identify your pest.”

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