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Not All Bees Make Things Sweeter

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When most people think of bees, honey comes to mind. The complete destruction of one’s home does not. However, when dealing with a particular genus, the carpenter bee, problems posed extend well beyond a minor bee sting.

The name carpenter bee is derived from the animal’s nesting behavior. Nearly every carpenter bee species burrow into hard plant material such as wood or bamboo.

Most carpenter bees are all-black, or primarily black with some yellow like commonly observed bees. Males, however, are covered in a greenish yellow fur.

It’s hard to tell the carpenter bee from a regular bumble bee, but there are a couple of methods. A carpenter bee’s abdomen is slick rather than fuzzy and if it’s a male it has a white dot on its head.

The bees are particularly partial to the underside of exposed planks.

Carpenter bees can grow up to an inch in length. When they burrow into walls they significantly reduce the building’s structural integrity. After enough contact, they can essentially cause wood to virtually disintegrate.

Carpenter bees have made many a victim so if you detect their presence near your home or any other dwelling, it is recommended to take action and seek an extermination professional before it’s too late.