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01 June

Carpenter Bees vs Bumble Bees

Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees in both size and appearance. If you look closely, the carpenter bee has a black, shiny abdomen. The bumble bees’s abdomen is hairy and yellowish.

Carpenter Bees vs Bumble Bees

Despite the bumble bees sting, it’s the carpenter bee who damages your home.  Carpenter Bees are those large, black bees hovering around. They drill holes into homes, out-buildings, wooden furniture and decks.  Even pest resistant woods like cedar, cypress and redwood are attacked.

Carpenter Bee tunnels usually consist of an entrance hole that penetrates into the wood ½ to 1 inch; then turn at a right angle for 6 – 8 inches. Sometimes, woodpeckers are attracted to the carpenter bees larvae and drill more holes.

Where do they live? Bumble bees usually nest in the ground. Carpenter bees tunnel into wood to lay their eggs.

Do they sting? Careful, bumble bees sting repeatedly. Stings are most likely when a nest is disturbed. Carpenter bees rarely sting.

Simply plugging untreated tunnels might trap carpenter bees inside, but the bees can chew another exit hole.

Call Suburban Exterminating at (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900 to get rid of your Carpenter Bees.

 

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