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About Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are usually solitary bees, but they have been known to live in very small colonies consisting of their sisters or daughters. Carpenter bees look very similar to bumble bees, but the main difference is the lack of hair on carpenter bees compared to bumble bees. Carpenter’s abdomens tend to have a shiny black abdomen. Carpenter bees are also important to pollinating flowers.

Carpenter Bees will drill holes into exposed wood. The usually will drill on the bottom side of the wood. Often in Iowa they are found drilling holes and tunnels into the wood on the bottom side of decks. The hole goes about 1/2 inch then makes a 90 degree turn below the surface and goes with the grain up to 1 foot. Carpenter bees are usually not a threat to sting. They do not eat the wood; they get their food from nectar in flowers.

Managing Carpenter Bees

The best way of managing carpenter bees is prevention. Using hard wood on susceptible areas like decks and railings will usually deter the bees from drilling holes. Also keeping the wood finished or painted will help a lot. If you notice cracks or other depressions, filling them will keep the bees from finding a weak spot to start their drilling.

If you find a nest, wait for the bees to leave the nest and fill it with steel wool and caulk it shut. Carpenter bees are beneficial to farmers and gardeners, if their nest is away from high traffic areas, you should leave them alone as they are not usually aggressive bees.

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