Pest Alert: Carpenter Bees
Date: March 17, 2012
From: Mike Waldvogel and Patty Alder, Extension Entomology
Carpenter bees have started appearing. It’s a little on the early side but activity will take a while to really pick up. Of course some callers may report that they’re seeing bumble bees. Remind people that carpenter bees are solitary bees so they’re NOT seeing swarms of bees from some colony. At this point, you’re mostly seeing males (they have the white spot in the middle front area of their heads). They’re busing cruising, feeding (on pollen) and chasing away other suitors for the attention of the females that will begin appearing in a few weeks. The males do NOT drill the galleries in wood; they leave that task to the ladies. We still do not have pesticides that effectively prevent the bees from boring into wood and they are very fond of log homes. So, tell people to get out their tennis rackets out and practice their forehand and backhand smashes, and then get out the wood putty and spatula to plug the holes before the end of the year. We do have some information you can pass on: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/carpenter-bees).