|Color||Yellow with dark brown or black markings|
|Body Structure||Head, thorax, and abdomen with a stinger.|
|Characteristics||Unlike some other insects, honey bees do not hibernate, but rather remain active in their colonies during winter months, huddling together to share body heat and consuming honey for nourishment. The intricate, well-known honeycomb structure found within colonies are constructed by drones to house the queen’s eggs. Commonly, nests are found in nature in hollow logs, trees, or rock formations, but occasionally honeybees may build a nest in the eaves, attic, chimney, or wall voids of structures. In general, honeybees are not patently aggressive, even when they swarm during warmer months. However, if provoked, they will attack, stinging or giving chase to an aggressor.|
|Habitat & Behavior||As mentioned above, carpenter bees tend to be found hovering around untreated wood, carving out tunnels to lay their eggs. While the bees do not consume wood, the insects can cause repeat damage by returning to the same tunnels year after year. Carpenter bees are not necessarily aggressive, but males, in particular, will vehemently defend their nests, even though males are incapable of stinging aggressors. In addition to holes bored in untreated wood, damage from carpenter bees is often characterized by frass, or fecal matter found around the openings.|
|Commonly Active||Spring / Summer|
|Prevention & Treatment||As noted, honey bees are not overly aggressive unless provoked. That said, if a nest has been built in close proximity to your home, you do run the risk being stung when honey bees swarm. For those who experience allergic reactions to stings, the results could be fatal. For this reason, you should contact a pest professional to take the proper course of action, whether it be relocating the hive or extermination, to prevent possibly dangerous stings.|
Often mistaken for bumble bees, carpenter bees are commonly found in Spring and early Summer, buzzing around eaves and around wooden porch railings. Getting their name from their habit of boring holes into wood to create nests for reproduction. Carpenter bees are known to cause substantial damage to untreated wood, especially if the insects go unchecked for long periods of time. Contact us today for expert bee control services!