How do I identify carpenter bees?
Carpenter bees are large, solitary bees that are known for boring into wood to create nests. Measuring about one inch in length, these bees have shiny black abdomens and some species have yellow markings. Although they are often mistaken for bumble bees, there are not fuzzy like the latter.
When are carpenter bees most active?
Are carpenter bees harmful to humans?
Female carpenter bees can sting, but usually only do so if threatened or handled. Like yellow jacket stings and stings from other wasps and stinging insects, carpenter bee stings can be painful and result in red, swollen welts. For some individuals, a carpenter bee sting may trigger an allergic reaction and can even be life threatening. Male carpenter bees do not sting, but they will behave aggressively in order to keep people and animals away.