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Carpenter Bee

  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
Carpenter bees are large black and yellow insects that have a world wide occurrence. 

They do not live in colonies and are known for their characteristic buzzing around attics, roofs and trusses.

They will typically bore into dry wood creating visible holes of around inch in diameter.

They feed on pollen and nectar even though they do not have pollen sacs like honey bees.

Its only the female species of the carpenter bee that is known to sting

Size : 1 inches
Shape : Oval, bee shaped
Color : Blue-black
Legs : 6
Wings : Yes
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Carpenter Bee
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Hymenoptera
Family : Apidae
Species : Xylocopa


They feed on pollen and nectar from flowers which they also gather to feed their young. They mainly pollinate flowers within 1 km radius from their nests.
These insects can be found both in the forest and residential areas. They bore on dry wood and create tunnels where they lay their eggs and nurse their larvae. These tunnels can be a few inches to a more than a foot long.
Timber and wood preservation. You can use paints or preservatives that are soaked in the wood. 

You can also consult a pest management professional for more help since blocking their holes do not eliminate them entirely.
They damage timber that is used in construction by drilling holes into it. 

They also cause disturbance through sound produced when flying.

Their large size also scares some people.
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