Is that a bee drilling a hole in my fence post?

April 17, 2019

If you see precisely created round holes and bees buzzing about, then you have carpenter bees.

Why are they called carpenter bees?

This species is called carpenter bees because of how they quarry precision sized holes into softer, dead but not decaying wood. They favor unpainted and somewhat weathered wood, never pressure treated, or man-made such as the common decking materials offered today.

Carpenter bees were blessed with extremely strong and wide mandibles or jaws gifting them the ability to drill. Inside these holes and tunnels live the females nested upon pillows of pollen and nectar. Here they lay their eggs. Carpenter bees do not build nests or hives.

Carpenter bees do not actually eat the wood but extensive tunneling can weaken structures and trees. Damage is possible and should be monitored. Your Accurate Pest technician can assist you upon inspection.

Are carpenter bees dangerous to my family? Do Carpenter bees sting?

Often confused with bumble bees, carpenter bees have a similar body type but are nowhere near as aggressive as bumble bees. Females can sting if threatened, males have no stinger. The male carpenter bee is most likely the bee buzzing around you, sometimes perilously close to your head and face. They are territorial.

Carpenter bee stings can be painful. You can use over-the-counter- pain relief but if you are concerned, please see a health care professional.

How do you get rid of carpenter bees?

Like all bees, you get rid of them very carefully. Bees are especially important pollinators and play a vital role in nature for flowers and fruits. There is a balance between exterminating bees for no reason and protecting your home, wooden structures, and your family.

Our technicians are trained to identify all types of bees and treat accordingly. We are mindful in targeting the areas where the bees are present and avoid harming the balance of nature that bees and their pollination efforts provide.

Read more about our pest control services here, and contact us if you see any bee activity in our around your home. Inspections are free and treating for bees on a regular basis keeps you are your family, home, or business safe and healthy.

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