- Carpenter bees can be a pest, but they also serve an economical purpose: pollinate crops and home gardens.
- Where to look: Carpenter bees are not social insects and do not live in nests or colonies. You will find them hovering around houses and other wooden structures. Females will nest in various types of wood, but she prefers weathered and unpainted woods.
- Be aware: Carpenter bees may be large, but they are basically harmless! Males can appear aggressive, but they have no stinger. The female will only sting when threatened.
- Signs of invasion: Females bore a perfectly round hole straight into wood across the grain. She then takes a right-angle turn to build her gallery for her eggs. Woodpeckers can enlarge these holes when they try to get at the larvae inside.
- They are sometimes referred to as wood boring bees.
- Bees buzzing around your house in Knoxville, Farragut, Maryville, or Oak Ridge? We can help!
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