What are carpenter bees (also known as wood bees)? Carpenter bees are species found in the genus Xylocopa and generally nest by burrowing in to hard materials like wood (thus the name “carpenter bee”).
The problem we have with carpenter bees is that they don’t just live in dead trees out in the woods. Too often they’re found drilling into your wooden deck, stair rails or fence posts. Even worse, if you happen to have a log cabin, they could eat right into your home. Every year they return to burrow new holes, lay eggs and repeat over and over.
You wouldn’t let somebody walk up to your house and start drilling half inch holes in anything made of wood would you? Nope. Eventually that would ruin everything. That’s exactly what carpenter bees are doing. Drilling deep, half inch holes, ruining your home, costing you money.
Carpenter bees are known for the damage they do to wooden structures. Also known as wood bees, carpenter bees nest by drilling into wood. Contrary to popular belief, they do not eat wood. If a pile of sawdust is seen next to a wooden rail, deck or wall, it is likely that a carpenter bee is actively burrowing.
Left unchecked, years of carpenter bee nesting can cause serious damage. Carpenter bees should not be ignored. You wouldn’t let someone walk up to your house and starting drilling half inch holes in all the exposed wood. Don’t let carpenter bees do it either.
Do carpenter bees sting? Nobody likes being stung by bees. When you see huge carpenter bees nesting around your house, it can be very intimidating.
Female carpenter bees have stingers and will sting if provoked. Thankfully they are not aggressive but caution should be taken all the same. Females can be identified by their black head.
Male carpenter bees do not have stingers but will be quite aggressive when defending the nest. If you approach an occupied carpenter bee nest, you may very well be buzzed by the male. Males can be identified by the white/yellow markings on their heads.