Every spring, Arrow Exterminators likes to educate our customers
on one of the south's most notorious pests - termites. With the
potential to cause more than $5 billion in structural damages each
year often not covered by homeowners' insurance, termites are a
definite threat to homes. However, there is another pest that is
giving termites a run for their money - and yours too - carpenter
In recent years, Arrow has been receiving more and more calls
about carpenter bees, particularly during the spring. It is during
this time of the year that they begin to emerge from hibernation
and build their nests. Though, unlike other stinging insects that
build their nests in trees, shrubs or under the eaves of buildings,
carpenter bees create their nests by drilling holes into wood.
Carpenter bees like to make their home in soft woods such as
cedar, pine, redwood and cypress. While they prefer bare, weathered
and unpainted wood, they will drill holes through painted or
stained wood to build their nests. The holes can weaken the
integrity of the wood, causing major structural damage to decks,
door frames, wooden shingles, fences, windowsills and outdoor
Homeowners often ask us how they can distinguish carpenter bees
from regular bees. Bearing a slight resemblance to bumble bees, the
major difference is that their abdomens are bare, shiny and black.
Male carpenter bees do not have stingers, but can be extremely
aggressive, often hovering around and diving at those who are near
their nest. Female carpenter bees, on the other hand, have
stingers, but will only attack if provoked.
If you notice a swarm of carpenter bees in your area, be sure to
contact a pest professional immediately to avoid an infestation, as
well as potential costly damages to your home.