Carpenter bees are divided into two types: small (Ceratina) and large (Xylocopa). The large ones are most likely to make a presence as pests in your house. These are largely black and yellow insects which cause damage to furniture by boring into woods. They’ve got their popular name “carpenter bees” because of their habit of nesting in the woods. Unlike honeybees or bumblebees, these pests do not make their hives but instead make holes in wood and stay inside it.
HOW TO IDENTIFY CARPENTER BEES
Carpenter bees can be confused with bumblebees. But there are a few distinctions which can help identify carpenter bees. These bees have black and shiny abdomens, unlike bumblebee’s hairy and yellow marked abdomens.
Appearance and Behavior
Their body varies from ½ to 1 inch in length. These pests have a blue-black or green or rather a metallic sheen, and shining abdomens, relatively hairless. Carpenter bees are solitary bees. They do not live in swarms but live alone. All the female carpenter bees are fertile. They drill holes in wood and nest in it.
The holes made by these pests are almost perfect and can be used year after year to live. Their holes are usually located on the underside of furniture such as soffits, decks, sidings, etc. Also, being solitary bees, these are more efficient in pollination. While holes in wood serve as the most obvious sign of carpenter bees inside your home, yellow or brown excrement below the entrance hole can also be a sign that these pests have started sharing your furniture.