What Are Carpenter Bees?
What are those large bees that fly near your eaves, or under your deck railings? Most often the oversized bees are Carpenter Bees. Carpenter Bees resemble bumblebees, but tend to be a bit larger and their abdomen is shiny, black and hairless. If you see a bunch of large bees hovering near your eaves, you probably have Carpenter Bees. They are very common throughout the spring and summer. They emerge in spring, mate, and work on their tunnels or excavate new ones as brood chambers for their young. Usually the new adults emerge in August, feed on nectar and return to their tunnels to over-winter.
Can Carpenter Bees Sting?
Males carpenter bees cannot sting. Females can, but it is very seldom that they will. Most carpenter bees you encounter will be male. They will fly close by if you wave your hand, causing unnecessary concern.
Can Carpenter Bees Cause Damage?
Yes, Carpenter bees will excavate ½ inch holes in wood for their nests. They drill tunnels in the wood as brood chambers for their young. Each female will typically create 6 to 8 chambers. Do not plug up any holes prior to treatment! It is best to treat in spring when they emerge and again in mid-summer when any are left that did not get sufficient treatment initially.
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