Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

About The Pest

Carpenter bees resemble a typical bumble bee but have shiny and almost hairless abdomens. This bee is solitary, not colonial like a bumble bee. This species gets its name from their habit of boring and drilling into wood like a carpenter’s drill, producing wood shavings and dust. They are able to create perfectly circular, 1/2″ holes and elaborate galleries for their young. Carpenter bees do not defend their nests or offspring. Instead, they rely on wood to conceal and protect them. Carpenter bees are a serious threat to exposed lumber, as they can cause extensive structural damage. Male carpenter bees can be territorial and may hover in front of one’s face, but they cannot sting. They have no stinger and these actions are merely for show. Female carpenter bees on the other hand, do posses a potent stinger but rarely ever use it.


Carpenter Bees are busy in the Spring season, especially during the months of April through July.

Xylocopa spp.
Spring, Summer
Throughout the U.S.

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