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12 May

10 Interesting Facts about Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are just beginning to be spotted around Long Island. Many homeowners see these bees in their eaves every year and believe that their tunnels are not very big. Unfortunately, carpenter bees can create tunnels up to 10 feet long.

10 Interesting Facts About Carpenter Bees

  1. The tunnel openings usually look about one or two inches deep, but they can be up to 10 feet long!
  2. Carpenter bees live on every continent except Antaractica.
  3. Often mistaken for bumblebees, carpenter bees are different with a black shiny tail section. Wasps also look like carpenter bees but have smaller waists.
  4. Carpenter bees are not active year-round. They hibernate in the winter,
  5. Females do have a stinger but will rarely sting.
  6. They will sting when caught or squeezed. Since the carpenter bee stingers are not barbed,  they are able to sting over and over again.
  7. This bee truly is a “carpenter,” tunneling into the wood of a tree limb, beam, deck, porch rail, or bench.
  8. The tunnels are built with the Carpenter bee’s strong jaw as it vibrates itself through the wood.
  9. The bees do not eat the wood but reuse the particles to build individual cells or discard them.
  10. Round half-inch diameter entrance holes are the telltale sign of a Carpenter bee nest, as well as a trace of coarse sawdust.

Let Suburban Exterminating rid your home of carpenter bees. Contact us today for a free estimate (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900.

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