Wood Bees, Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees get their name
from their ability to drill through wood and nest in the hole. Their
drilling creates a near-perfect hole, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.
The hole is usually located on the underside of the wood surface; including
siding, soffits, decks, overhangs, fence posts and window frames.
Although the hole appears to be only an inch or two deep, it rarely ends there.
- The female carpenter bee will turn 90 degrees and bore a channel
from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet. This channel serves as a main
corridor from which she will drill small chambers a few inches deep.
These chambers become egg holders. She will deposit an egg, bring in a
mass of pollen for the newly hatched larvae to feed on, and then seal it all
off to ensure it's development before she repeats the process for the next
- The male spends most of his time flying around the nest playing
guard. This is ironic as nature has left him ill prepared: he has no
stinger! Only the female can sting. Simply killing the male will
not solve your problem. You must treat the nest.
Bee, Carpenter Bee Elimination
Carpenter Bees, Wood Bees in Cedar Homes
Household Pest Control