From carpenter bees, bumblebees and honeybees, these flying insects are one of the most feared winged creatures out there. In particular, carpenter bees can do a number on your residential property. While they are generally harmless to humans, carpenter bees but can be a real nuisance when they are found in and around your home, especially when it comes to structural wood elements.
With over 500 species, carpenter bees get their name from the fact that nearly all species built their nests in burrows of dead wood, bamboo or timbers. Ranging from 3/4 to 1 inch in length, carpenter bees can often be found hovering around the outside of your home. They closely resemble honey bees, aside from their hairless and shiny black abdomen.
So how do you know if carpenter bees are a problem around your home? For starters, carpenter bees have an erratic flying pattern – flying erratically around humans to protect their nests. Additionally, carpenter bees can also be identified by a sting from a female . This is uncommon, however, as they only sting if they are intimidated. Carpenter bees also leave yellow/brown stains behind and emit a buzzing sound similar to bumble bees. Last but not least, if you see any damaged wood around your home, especially in the form of perfectly round holes, your best bet is that you’ve got a carpenter bee problem.