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Carpenter Bees in Connecticut

Carpenter bees are a real nuisance to homeowners throughout Connecticut. These bees are most active in May, June, and July, and often leave visible holes in wood. Carpenter bees are also known to hover around near the eaves of buildings. No matter where you see them, carpenter bees can be a real pest, especially in the spring months.

"Carpenter Bee" by Daniel Schwen

“Carpenter Bee” by Daniel Schwen
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What do carpenter bees look like?

The eastern carpenter bee, also known as Xylocopa virginica, is found throughout Connecticut. The carpenter bee is often confused with the bumble bee because they look similar, although they are in fact quite different both in size and disposition. A carpenter bee has a shiny black abdomen and is much larger than a bumble bee, which has a yellow and black abdomen. Carpenter bees are not social creatures, unlike bumble bees, which live in colonies with hundreds of other bees.

Do carpenter bees sting humans?

Male carpenter bees do not have stingers and are no threat to humans. Female carpenter bees have stingers and will attack if provoked. The females chew the wood to make their nests, however, and spend relatively little time outside while building the nest. The male carpenter bee hovers outside the nest and will occasionally dive at humans, but it is just a scare tactic.

How do you treat for carpenter bees?

Our professional technicians use a specialized dust that kills carpenter bees on contact. The dust is applied into the individual carpenter bee galleries along the roof line, deck areas, overhangs, or anywhere else carpenter bees have drilled new or existing galleries. Carpenter bee work can be difficult, but like all the services we offer, we’ve perfected it.

If you see dime-sized holes in the wood around your home or property, you likely have carpenter bees. We offer fast, effective treatment for carpenter bees that will keep them away from your home and your property. Call Envirocare Pest Control for more information.

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