Carpenter bees

carpenter_bees_pest_control_bergen_county_nj_2Carpenter bees are 1 inch long and look like typical bumblebee, but often lack yellow stripes.

Unlike bumble bees, carpenter bees are solitary pests.  Female carpenter bees will chew a tunnel into a piece of wood to build a nest.  The bits of wood she chews and deposits outside the nest are called frass.  The male carpenter bee guards the outside of the nest.   He does not have a stinger, but, this constant buzzing causes concern for some.

Carpenter bees prefer bare wood, so painting and staining wood can sometimes deter them.