Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Carpenter Bees Causing a Buzz!

Carpenter bees are busily excavating nesting holes in wooden structures. These large black and yellow bees buzz around at a leisurely pace and will often run into people, but rarely sting. In fact, only the females can sting -- you can distinguish males from females because the male has a large white spot of the front of their face. Carpenter bees drill 1/2" diameter holes in wooden structures to build their nesting galleries, in which they lay their eggs.

Controlling carpenter bees is difficult and not usually necessary. Control relies on treating the holes and then plugging them up rather than spraying exposed wooden surfaces.

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