Carpenter Bees vs. Bumblebees

Spring is here, which means the bees are out in full force pollinating the beautiful spring flowers. Some are bumblebees and some are carpenter bees. So, what’s the difference?

carpenter-bee-bumble-beeMost people are familiar with the bumble bee. They are typically black and yellow with a hairy body – usually what we imagine when we think of a bee. Carpenter bees are a similar size to bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black.

Carpenter bees get their name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. Because carpenter bees use wood as their main habitat, they are commonly found around the front or back entrance of a home where there is wood railings, wood decking or wood porches. Bumble bees, on the other hand, nest on the ground.

Both bumble bees and carpenter bees are unlikely to sting you unless you disturb their nests. Male carpenter bees are unable to sting and females rarely do unless handled, but because carpenter bees are found around wood railings, eaves and porches, many consider them a pest. You will know they are carpenter bees by the sawdust that is left behind from the holes they drill.

So, is there anything that can be done to get rid of carpenter bees? The answer is yes. The best way to control carpenter bees is to prevent them nesting in the first place. To prevent carpenter bees, insecticide should be sprayed in the early spring. You can also varnish or paint any unfinished wood. A fresh coat of paint will deter a carpenter bee. If you already have carpenter bees in your railings, eaves or porch, Cayce Exterminating can apply an insecticide dust to wood holes and exterior wood surfaces.

If you have any questions or concerns about bees around your home or business, contact the pest control pros at Cayce Exterminating.