Carpenter bees are similar in appearance to your average bumble bee, without the yellow stripes. The tops of their abdomens are a hairy, shiny black color and they commonly measure around one inch in length. Males are noted for aggressive behavior and a white spot on their face. They are harmless, however, and do not possess stingers; females have stingers but are generally docile.
They are most commonly found in porch and shed ceilings, railings, overhead trim, wooden porch furniture, dead tree limbs, fence posts, wooden shingles, wooden siding, window sills and wooden doors; prefer wood that is at least two inches thick.
Carpenter bees are solitary insects, not building the sorts of hives typically associated with bees. Female carpenter bees will chew a tunnel into a piece of wood to build a nest gallery, while her mate, the male, guards the outside of the nest. Male carpenter bees don’t have stingers, but their constant buzzing can be annoying for anyone facing an infestation
Carpenter bees do not pose a public health threat, but they can damage wood through their nest building. They will bore into dried, seasoned and untreated wood surfaces, preferring softwoods such as cedar, redwood, cypress, pine and fir – and if allowed to propagate, can cause significant amounts of structural home damage.
Carpenter bees prefer bare wood, so painting and staining wood can work as a deterrent. However, this doesn’t always work and they will sometimes attack stained or painted wood, so contacting a pest control professional if they’ve made their home in your home is your best option.
Honey bees found on all continents worldwide, save for Antarctica. They’re social creatures, building nests that can grow quite large. They are also an extremely important and beneficial insect because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S., and without them the entire worldwide ecosystem would be significantly altered and damaged.
Honeybees produce honey from pollen and nectar of the plants they pollinate. They store the honey in honeycombs in their nests and use that to feed their young during colder months, which allows their colonies to survive for periods of time atypical in length for insects. They often build their nests in tree crevices, but will occasionally build nests in attics or chimneys.
Honeybees do sting, but they only sting once, as the act of stinging will kill them – because of this, they only sting if they feel severely threatened. The sting can be extremely painful if the stinger is not immediately removed from the skin. Persons allergic to insect stings will have a more severe reaction.
Honeybees should be addressed by a professional. Removal of a honeybee nest and the honey product can be very messy, and because of their integral role as pollinators, having them removed and rehomed humanely by professionals is a much better option than chemical or forceful removal. Because their colonies are so large, only a pest control professional or experienced beekeeper can safely remove a honeybee nest.
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