There are two different types of carpenter bees that are often found in American homes—large carpenter bees and small carpenter bees. But large carpenter bees are more common. They look a lot like bumblebees and can range from black to greenish black to metallic blue in color. They are not known for colonizing like some other kinds of bees, but they do have a tendency to do extensive damage to homes when seeking shelter.
Large carpenter bees do not eat wood like you might guess, based on the fact that they are often found living inside of hollowed-out doors, windowsills, decks, and more. But they can excavate these types of wooden objects and make themselves at home in them. They prefer pine, oak, and cypress woods that have not been painted or finished, and they will use the holes they bore into these woods to lay eggs. They leave to eat pollen and nectar and are known to survive for one or two seasons in most parts of the country, depending on the climate.
It’s pretty easy to recognize a carpenter bee infestation in your home. If you notice holes in wooden surfaces or sawdust under these surfaces, you may have carpenter bees. The good news for homeowners is that carpenter bees don’t sting all that often, but they do tend to be very possessive and can get aggressive if they feel threatened. They will fly around people and animals that come near their homes and try to intimidate them. Female carpenter bees will also sting if they are pushed to their breaking point.
If you suspect the presence of carpenter bees in your home, you should call on a licensed exterminator to get rid of them. An exterminator can track down the bees, use insecticide dust to kill them, and then seal holes where the bees were living and paint the wood to prevent bees from coming back. Carpenter bees are known to move into spaces that have previously been occupied by other bees, so the sealing part of the process is very important.
Buffalo Pest Control has experience with carpenter bees and can help you get rid of them once and for all. Call us at 716-898-2021 to learn more about what we can do to eliminate your carpenter bee problem.