1/2"- 1" bumble bee look, top is shiny. 2 wings, with front and rear legs. Black and yellow in color.
Male carpenter bees are mildly aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests. The males are quite harmless since they lack stingers. Female carpenter bees can inflict a painful sting but rarely do unless they are handled or molested.
Carpenter Bees are often seen hovering or darting back & forth around the eaves, window trim, facia boards, siding, wooden shakes, decks and outdoor furniture. Carpenter bees tunnel into wood to lay their eggs. Bare, unpainted or weathered softwoods are preferred, especially redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. In the late-spring and early summer, homeowners often notice large, black bees hovering around the outside of their homes. These are probably carpenter bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests.
- Tips For Control:
As always the technician will determine the best method of treatment. How ever, it is likely that the nesting site will be treated with dust, and it is not recommended to knock down free flying bees. It is important that they return to the nest to get a dose of the material