$50.00 OFF Pest Control* Save50
*Terms and conditions apply - call for details
carpenter bee drilling into a stump

Carpenter Bees

Fast & Effective Service

Call Us Today!  (515) 518-8864

OR
Request Your Free Quote Get Started!
Miller Pest & Termite received an average of 5.0 of 5 stars from 1259 reviews

What do carpenter bees look like?

  • Size: Up to 1 in. 
  • Color: Mostly black with some yellow markings; males have a white dot on their heads. 
  • Body Structure: Adult carpenter bees resemble bumble bees except that their abdomens are hairless and shiny black rather than being covered by patches of orange to yellow hair found on bumble bees.
carpenter bee

Characteristics of carpenter bees

The life cycle of the carpenter bee is fairly brief, with eggs hatching a few days after being lain and reaching full maturity within 5-7 weeks. Females deposit a ball of pollen near their eggs, providing a source of nourishment for the offspring. Unlike some other bees, carpenter bees are not social insects.

When are carpenter bees most active?

Very Active
Active
Not Active
January
Jan
February
Feb
March
Mar
April
Apr
May
May
June
Jun
July
Jul
August
Aug
September
Sep
October
Oct
November
Nov
December
Dec

What does a carpenter bee nest look like?

Carpenter bees don't actually live in nests like yellow jackets, wasps, and other stinging insects. Instead female carpenter bees bore holes into soft wood in order to lay eggs and provide a safe place for larvae to develop. 

Where do carpenter bees drill holes?

As mentioned above, carpenter bees prefer soft wood and are often found hovering around and drilling holes in untreated wood.  Fences, decks, and other wooden structures are common places to find these solitary bees drilling. 

What do carpenter bees eat?

Carpenter bees do not eat wood. Their diet typically consists of plant pollen and nectar. 

Are carpenter bees dangerous?

Carpenter bees are not necessarily aggressive, but females are capable of stinging and the health risks associated with this type of bee sting are the same as other stinging insects. Although medical attention isn't usually required, individuals who experience an allergic reaction should seek medical attention right away.

Although males are incapable of stinging, they are very territorial and will vehemently defend nesting sites by hovering nearby and attacking anyone or anything that they consider intruders. 

While the carpenter bees do not consume wood, the insects can cause repeat damage by returning to the same tunnels year after year. Additionally, other problematic and destructive pests, like carpenter ants, can invade holes bored by carpenter bees,  and woodpeckers may peck away at existing holes in order to eat larvae, causing additional structural harm.

Why do I have an carpenter bee infestation?

If your house or other wooden structures on your property have not been painted, stained, or otherwise treated, there's a good chance carpenter bees will start drilling their circular holes in it. 

How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

If you've noticed carpenter bees on your property and are concerned they're causing damage, you should contact an exterminator to positively identify the species and treat accordingly. 

At Miller Pest & Termite, we offer stinging insect control services for carpenter bees, yellow jackets, and other stinging insects. Reach out today to find out how our local pest control team can help you get rid of carpenter bees!

How can I prevent a carpenter bee problem?

In order to keep carpenter bees away, you should seal all cracks, gaps, and openings. Furthermore, you should always paint, stain, or treat wood to make it less appealing to these damaging pests. 

midwest family at home
miller customer
Signed up with Joe for my house, great service and really knows his stuff!
Nick B. - Omaha

Get Help Now!

Request Your Free Quote

There was a problem with your submission. Please correct the issues below

Phone should be formatted like (111) 111-1111

By submitting this form I agree to receive marketing messaging from Miller Pest & Termite at the phone number provided above. I understand I may receive at least 2 messages a month and data rates may apply. Sending STOP will opt me out of receiving future messages. 

Please wait…
miller pest control specialist

Call us today for quality pest control

A full-service pest control company serving IA, KS, MO & NE since 2001, you can count on us to eliminate insects & rodents!