Carpenter Bees are unique with their activity and behavior, despite looking like bumble bees. They are easily identified by their shiny black body and helicopter flight pattern.
Size: 1/2 to 1 inch long
Color: Black with some yellow (like bumblebees)
Activity/Behavior: The males can’t sting. The females will sting if molested. Adults spend their winter in galleries, emerging in the spring to mate. The female prepares a nest by excavating a new site or more frequently by cleaning out and expanding an existing tunnel.
Where They Live: Carpenter bees actually bore holes in wood to create a tunnel in which to raise their young. Entry holes are usually located in well-lit and sheltered areas, such as headers, roof eaves, porch ceilings, fascia boards, decks, doors, and window sills. Soft wood, such as California redwood, cedar, white pine, and poplar is preferred for nest building.
Tips for Control: Painting bare wood can deter some carpenter bees.
How Suburban Exterminating Can Help: Control of carpenter bees requires treating each hole. A dust insecticide can work. The holes should be sealed in the fall and repairs made. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of bees.
Suburban Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. Our technicians are registered and licensed with NY State. Our technicians participate in a continuing education program.
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