Carpenter Bee Identification

What are carpenter bees?

  • Color: Yellow and black
  • Shape: Robust, oval
  • Size: 1/2 – 1 inch long
  • Region: Found throughout the U.S.
  • Habits: Carpenter bees do not live in nests or colonies. During the winter, the adults stay in abandoned nest tunnels. In the spring, they emerge to feed on nectar. The female carpenter bees bore circular holes into wood and then tunnel along the grain of the wood.
  • Threats: Over time carpenter bees can cause a serious property threat if left untreated. They prefer unpainted and weathered wood. The male carpenter bee can be territorial and may hover in front of one’s face, but they have no stinger and do this mainly for show. The female carpenter bee does have a potent sting, but it is rarely used.
  • Prevention: Painting and staining wood can deter carpenter bees as they prefer bare wood. Routinely inspect wood on your Pleasanton property for round smooth holes.

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How do I get rid of carpenter bees?

If you are ready to get rid of carpenter bees from your property, reach out to the local pest control experts at Patriot Pest Management. Our customized services performed by our knowledgeable and friendly experts eliminate pests and stop them from coming back.

At Patriot Pest Management, we won’t hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure that our customers are happy and their properties are free of pests. For exceptional home pest control or commercial pest control services in the Greater Bay Area and surrounding counties of California, contact Patriot Pest Management today!


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