These large bees are about 2/3 of an inch and black with yellow markings. The male, which is seen more commonly, has a yellow spot between his eyes. The male does not sting and the female could sting, but rarely does.
The nuisance occurs when the female burrows holes about 1/2 - 1 inch in diameter. These holes are usually in decorative pieces of wood or very visible places on your home. The bee uses these galleries to lay eggs and leave food for the immature to grow.
Any open wood surfaces should be painted, stained, or varnished. Closing existing holes with caulk and painting over them also helps. This does not solve the problem but it will help. If you have a carpenter bee problem, trust Cook’s Pest Control to help you solve it. Call us today to have your situation viewed personally and we’ll offer you a solution that will work for you.