Do you notice holes in your home’s wood soffit? Have you ever come home and noticed a woodpecker as it noisily tries tunneling into the eave? According to Witt Pest Management, a woodpecker is a sure sign of a carpenter bee larvae nesting in the wood on that part of your house. You might wonder how these carpenter bees look like and whether they are harmful or not.
Although carpenter bees appear mostly like the black version of bumble bees, this is where their similarities actually end. Carpenter bees are very different from bumblebees. They sting, yes, but only females do. You can treat their stings just like how you treat other bee stings. If you have allergies to bee stings, it is important to seek medical attention right away.
One of the things that make these pests different is the fact that they nest by themselves. A carpenter bee burrows in wood and lays eggs that will hatch to become larvae. A male carpenter bee buzzes around outside the hole to keep the female protected while she lays the eggs and situates the nest. Although the male cannot sting, he can still cause concern due to aggressively buzzing around. This behavior is often the reason why people ask if carpenter bees can cause danger.
I was sitting under a covered patio once when I kept hearing what sounded like a miniature drill, like you hear in the dentist office but smaller and higher pitched. I kept looking around trying to figure out what that sound was and sure enough, my eyes finally followed the clues my ears were sending. It was a carpenter bee drilling a hole into the treated no less wood the roof of the covered patio supports were made of. It is loud enough that you can hear it drilling.
Another pretty interesting fact about carpenter bees is that woodpeckers get attracted to that sound produced when larvae is hatched. This makes them bore holes on the wood to locate and eat them. Many of the damages seen outside homes is due to woodpeckers as they try getting to the larvae and not necessarily the carpenter bees themselves.
How to Getting Rid of Bees lists down the top 18 ways to get rid of these carpenter bees or wood bees with no need to kill them.
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