Common Signs of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are very important to the pollination of plants, but when found in and around a home they can be more than a nuisance. For those who are allergic to bee stings they can be downright dangerous. On top of that, these pesky bees can cause structural damage to a home due to their nesting habits.

Carpenter bees are generally ¾ to 1 inch long and have a similar appearance to bumble bees, aside from a hairless and shiny black abdomen. They tend to first emerge in the spring months to begin reproduction, nesting and egg laying, but you're likely to encounter them throughout the warmer months. If you notice excessive amounts of bees in and around your home, look for these other common signs of carpenter bees to help determine the species. If you notice any of these issues don't hesitate to contact a professional pest control expert.

Damaged Wood

Carpenter bees are solitary, meaning they don't live in a hive like other species. Instead they bore into wood to create a nest for themselves. These nests often appear as nearly perfect circles drilled into wood. Since the bees do not eat the wood, but excavate it, you'll likely find sawdust near the holes too. Multiple bees can take up residence in the same area, causing holes to grow together, resulting in structural damage. These bees are commonly found in fascia boards, decking, outdoor furniture and window trim. More commonly to untreated raw wood.

Erratic Flight Patterns

Male carpenter bees are extremely territorial and will fly erratically around humans and pets that may be near their nests. While the male bees do not sting, females can if provoked. This means you should not try to remove the bees yourself, as it could result in getting stung.


Yellow and brown staining will generally occur near the opening of these bees' nests, which occurs due to the excrement being deposited.


Carpenter bees not only look like bumble bees, but they have a very similar sound as well. Any excess in bees in or around your home should be addressed by a professional pest control team.

If you believe your home is being invaded by carpenter bees it is important to contact a pest control expert fast to avoid additional damage. If you need carpenter bee removal in Sacramento or the surrounding communities be sure to contact Direct Hit Pest Control. Our team will complete a thorough inspection of your property and come up with a safe plan to remove any unwanted guests. To request an estimate for effective pest control in Sacramento call our team at (916) 992-6870 today.

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Written and Published By MORBiZ