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How to Get Rid of Bees

carpenter bees

How to Get Rid of Bees


As carpenter bees are pollinators, no extreme extermination measures are necessary. Braman may use control methods, such as treating individual holes and nearby surfaces with a repellent. Treatment may need to be repeated the following year, as carpenter bees have strong pheromones that bring them back to the same area year after year.

How to get rid of bees all depends on the kind of bees that are troubling you. If you think you have an infestation carpenter bees, contact Braman immediately.


Carpenter bees are large bees, often mistaken for bumblebees. Unlike bumblebees, which have hairy abdomens, carpenter bees have shiny abdomens. Adult carpenter bees are usually 3/4 to 1 inch in length.

Carpenter bees are well named, due to the fact that they tunnel into wood to build their nests. Each nest will have a single entrance, but the bees will create many tunnels that run off from the entrance.

Where termites actually eat wood, carpenter bees do not. As they tunnel, they may discard the bits of wood or re-use them to build their nests.

Carpenter bees are long lived, up to three years and there can be one or two generations per year.

Where are they found?

Carpenter bees build their nests in fence posts, eaves or structural timbers. They prefer unfinished softwoods, such as cypress, cedar and pine, but especially redwood.

What are some signs of carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees create small round holes, approximately 1/8 inch, in the surface of the wood. Because of their size, they are hard to miss.

What makes them harmful?

Nothing. While carpenter bees may look alarming because of their size, they are important pollinators.

Damage to structural wood is rare, but you may find the holes the carpenter bee makes in your home, as well as the yellow fecal stains they leave, unattractive.

Male bees, the ones most frequently seen hovering near the nests, do not have stingers. Female carpenter bees are capable of stinging, but almost never do, unless caught in the hand or provoked in a similar way.