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Bumblebees Versus Carpenter Bees and How to Handle Both

A Bumble Bee

From the annoying buzzing around your head to the risk of a painful and possibly life-threatening sting, bees in and around your home can cause big problems even though these flying insects are small. Different types of bees are found across the nation, with each one wreaking its own special havoc on your home and health.

Bumblebees and carpenter bees are the most common types of bees. While they look somewhat similar, these bees have very different personalities. One thing they do have in common is that they can be a serious nuisance. This guide and professionals can help you understand the differences between bumblebees and carpenter bees and how you can prevent them from affecting your life.

Bumblebees Versus Carpenter Bees

The bumblebee is probably the most common type of bee and one that is easily identified due to its coloring and shape. They are usually no more than an inch in length and feature a classic contrast of yellow and black coloring that look like stripes across their body.

Carpenter bees are usually a bit smaller than a bumble bee. They have a different coloring, as well. Most carpenter bees have a body that is bluish-black in color with a metallic-like sheen.

Other than the yellow, striped coloring, another trait that distinguishes the bumblebee from the carpenter bee is the hair. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen while the abdomen of a carpenter bee is hairless and smooth.

The nesting location and method of these bees differ, as well. Bumblebees will usually burrow in the ground and travel to nearby flowers and plants to gather pollen. You may see bumblebees flying around bird nests, patio stones, and piles of mulch.

Unfortunately, the nesting behavior of carpenter bees can actually damage your home. As their name suggests, carpenter bees have the ability to drill actual holes in wood. You may see these bees flying in/out or lingering around small holes in your home's siding, fence posts, deck, roof, or window frames.

It is important to note that most bees do not sting unless they feel threatened or are provoked. Bumblebees are least likely to sting you compared to carpenter bees. On the other hand, carpenter bees are quite territorial and protective of their nests.

A male carpenter bee will fly aggressively towards you if you come too close to their nest, but they will not sting because they do not actually have a stinger. Female carpenter bees will, in fact, sting you if they feel they are in danger.

Most people are completely safe after getting stung by a bee, but an estimated 5 to 7.5 percent of people will experience a dangerous allergic reaction after a bee sting. If your throat starts to swell, your heart begins to race, and you are unable to breathe after a bee sting, seek out emergency medical assistance immediately.

Bumble and Carpenter Bee Removal

Preventing bees from flying around your home and family is imperative, especially if they are damaging your home and threatening your health. Professionals can inspect your home for hives where bumblebees are lingering and determine if you have carpenter bees boring holes in your home's exterior or outdoor living spaces. The professionals can then safely remove the hives, which will easily reduce the population of lives bees around your home.

After hive removal, professionals can apply an insecticide to the holes in your home to eradicate a carpenter bee problem. The female bees will continue to enter these holes, make contact with the insecticide, and eventually die. Once the carpenter bees have all been eradicated, the holes in your home's exterior will be caulked and sealed.

You and your family do not have to live with the annoying and dangerous nature of bees. For more information on preventing and controlling bumblebees or carpenter bees, contact Monterey Bay Pest Control Inc. today.

Monterey Bay Pest Control Inc.

1997 Del Monte Blvd.
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: 831-394-PEST (7378)