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Carpenter bees vs Bumble bees

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Bumble bees and carpenter bees almost look identical and are often mistaken for each other. Here are two significant difference in the way these bees look.

  • Bumblebees have a hairy stomach area sometimes they have some yellow markings.
  •  Carpenter bees have a plain black and or, shiny black abdomen.

These insects also fly differently. you can see carpenter bees playing a game of tag chasing each other around. They dive and dart all around your yard. Another key distinction is the fact that carpenter bees are not social insects like their counter parts bumble bees who are very social and often nest with each other.                  

Do Carpenter Bees Sting?

Carpenter bees are not social like bumble bees who will sting you trying to protect their nest. Only female carpenter bees can sting and only in rare cases when they are provoked. Male carpenter bees don’t have any stingers.

Do Bumble Bees Sting?

Bumble bees want all the smoke…. they can very aggressive when it comes down to defending their nest.

Where do Bumble bees sleep?

Bumble bee sleep and nest in old abandoned rodent holes, sometimes they nest under grass or leaf clippings, stones or pieces of wood. Periodically, you may see bumble bees making a home over the ground, for example, inside a divider, in a kindling heap, shed, unfinished plumbing space or even the loft, yet this is uncommon.

Should I Treat For Carpenter Bees?
A lot of people don’t like amount of damage they cause to the wood in or around their homes. Carpenter bees do not pose a threat to you if you start to see carpenter bees around your home and they become pain in the butt and you can treat for them. We often  have clients that are allergic to them. If this sounds like you then it may be time to call your local pest control company to treat the issue.

If carpenter bees buzzing around are just too much for you, EcoFusion Pest Control is here to help. We provide a protection plan where we treat your yard every 3 months. We offer FREE phone consultations.

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