Carpenter Bees

Not sure if carpenter bees are damaging your New York home or office building? If you think you have a carpenter bee pest control issue, contact the exterminator team of The Bug Stops Here for a free estimate.

Carpenter bees are most noticeable in the springtime, and many people mistake them for bumble bees. Carpenter bees are different, however, for they have a black, shiny tail section, and are a bit smaller than bumble bees. They are called carpenter bees because they are known for their habit of excavating tunnels in wood via their strong jaws.


Carpenter bees can chew tunnels through various woods. If you suspect carpenter bees, look for a round, half-inch diameter entrance hole on the underside of a board. A telltale trace of coarse sawdust is often found on the surface beneath the hole. Carpenter bees are often found in wooden decks, overhangs, exposed wood, unpainted wood, stained wood, shingles, and siding. Carpenter bees do not consume the wood as food. Instead, they are simply creating tunnels so they can build nesting sites.


Typically, carpenter bees do not cause serious structural damage to wood unless large numbers of carpenter bees are allowed to drill many tunnels over successive years. The carpenter bees often eliminate their wastes before entering the tunnel, and you can see evidence of it when you have yellowish-brown staining from voided fecal matter on the wood beneath the hole.



If you don’t provide pest control soon after carpenter bee infestation, your New York home or office could sustain further damage. Woodpeckers may damage infested wood in search of carpenter bee larvae in the tunnels. In the case of thin wood, such as siding, this damage can be severe. Holes on exposed surfaces may lead to damage by wood-decaying fungi or attack by other insects, including carpenter ants.

If you suspect carpenter bees are infesting your New York building or deck area, contact the exterminators of The Bug Stops Here. We will provide a free estimate for our pest control services and will create the best plan to stop carpenter bees in their tracks.

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