Many people mistaken carpenter bees for bumblebees but there are a few differences between both creatures. Bumblebees are known to be more of the social kind of creatures who build their nests underground and are covered in hair with yellow features. Carpenter bees are more the type to keep to themselves and build their homes in trees or nests. Carpenter bees are also a shiny black color and are usually hairless. These large 1/2-1 inch long pests will usually be hanging around the eaves of your home and drilling wood. And while most people may be intimidated by their scary looks, they are not as harmful as you may think. The males are unable to sting, however, they will dart at you or any insect if you get to close to their territory. The females are the only ones who can sting, but rarely do so unless they feel they are being threatened. If you believe you have a carpenter bee infestation, we still recommend that you contact a pest professional right away.
A carpenter bee infestation should be a pretty noticeable one especially if there are a handful of these pests buzzing around your home. If they come and go like they most often do, you may notice holes in the wood from where they enter. With the holes also comes what is left of the wood, sawdust. There will also be a combination of pollen and bee excrement. Woodpeckers may also be hanging around your home as they feed on carpenter bees so you may also see them pecking at your home. And although an infestation is not the best thing to have, carpenter bees are beneficial when it come to agriculture.