What are carpenter bees?

Answer Carpenter bees grow to approximately 1 inch in length and have metallic blue-black bodies with green or purple highlights. Unlike the social bumble bee, the carpenter bee is a solitary, generally n... Read More »

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Differences Between Carpenter Bees & Bumble Bees?

Although both bees are beneficial pollinators, carpenter bees are more of a nuisance. The carpenter bee is more likely to use former nesting spots and wood can be damaged with multiple burrow holes... Read More »

What are the benefits of carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees (Xylocopa virginica), also known as wood bees, are large bees that are often mistaken for bumblebees. Although carpenter bees can damage wood and can be annoying and frightening, the... Read More »

What eats carpenter bees?

Woodpeckers eat carpenter bees as do two species of flies. The flies lay eggs in the entrance to the bee’s nest and the fly maggots live off the bee larvae. The two fly species are diptera and bo... Read More »

What will repel carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees have difficulty boring into painted or varnished hardwood. Plugging and caulking holes will also make wood less attractive to carpenter bees. If carpenter bees settle in, they can be... Read More »