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a close up of a carpenter bee

Carpenter Bees

Latin Name: Xylocopa violacea

Carpenter Bees are an occasional seasonal invader, especially in areas such as North Carolina and South Carolina. Traditionally these bees are solitary except for mating season. Though the size of the bee lends to the assumption that it is aggressive, most carpenter bees are docile. During Spring and Fall seasons female carpenter bees will drill perfectly round holes that are just a bit over half an inch wide into the underside of exposed wood. The bees do not consume this wood; rather they push it aside in order for the female to deposit an egg into the cavity or tunnels made. Carpenter bees are often mistaken as bumble bees, but there is a difference between the two species. The carpenter bee will have a matte black abdomen while the bumble bee has a furry abdomen.

Managing carpenter bee populations often involves a combination of preventative measures, such as sealing and painting exposed wood, and physical controls like filling existing holes with wood putty or enlisting professional help.

Similar Pests: Yellow Jackets, Wasps, Great Black Wasp