Carpenter bees look like typical bumblebees but often lack yellow
stripes. They are solitary bees.
||Blue-black, green or purple metallic sheen on abdomen
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Unlike bumble bees, carpenter bees are solitary insects. Female
carpenter bees will chew a tunnel into a piece of wood to build a
nest gallery. The bits of wood she chews and deposits outside the
nest are called frass. The male carpenter bee guards the outside of
the nest. He does not have a stinger, but his constant buzzing
causes concern for some.
Carpenter bees bore through soft woods to lay eggs and protect
their larvae as they develop.
Carpenter bees do not pose a public health threat, but they can
damage wood through their nest building.
Carpenter bees prefer bare wood, so painting and staining wood can
sometimes deter them. However, they will sometimes attack stained
or painted wood, so contact a pest control professional for