There are a vast array of carpenter bee species, most of them are consider to be very large bees.  Most carpenter bees have a shiny abdomen. Males of some species have a white or yellow face, where the females do not. They feed on nectar and pollen of flowers.

One of the most annoying thing about Carpenter Bees is that they make their nests by tunneling into wood, vibrating their bodies as they rasp their mandible against the wood. Their nests have a single entrance which may have many adjacent tunnels to it. The entrance is often a perfectly circular hole measuring about 16 mms on the underside of a beam, bench, or even a tree limb. Carpenter bees do not actually eat wood.


Male bees are often seen hovering near nests and will often approach nearby animals/humans. However, males are completely harmless, because they don’t have a stinger. Female carpenter bees on the other hand are capable of stinging, but they are extremely docile and rarely sting unless caught in the hand or otherwise directly provoked.

Did you know? There are some 500 different species of carpenter bees! A dust treatment is one of the only effective ways to help control Carpenter Bees.