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About Bees
Honey Bees and Carpenter Bees are two of the main species of bees in the Cook’s service area.Stings from bees as well as wasps and hornets cause an average of 54 deaths per year.While some bees are important for pollination, others are known to cause serious damage to your home.Cook’s works with local bee keepers in all of our markets whenever possible to remove bees to a safer location, and follows strict policies for leaving flower vegetation alone, so as not to disturb honey bees.
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Carpenter Bee

(Family: Xylocopa virginica)

The adult carpenter bee is typically 1/2” to 1” long. Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees, except that carpenter bees possess a bare and shiny abdomen. Male carpenter bees have a yellow spot on their face while females have a black face. Also, carpenter bees are not social insects, as such, they do not have colonies or hives.

Habits

Typically, the first indication of a carpenter bee problem is likely a small, perfectly round, dime size hole in wood decks, wood fences, and other weathered or unprotected wood around your home. Carpenter bee tunnels, known as galleries, are bored into wood about 1 inch deep and then the bee will turn at right angles to the initial hole and tunnel with the grain of the wood. Carpenter bee galleries on average are a depth of 4” to 6”, but some can extend up to 10’. If left untreated, these galleries can increase the rate of decay in the wood, weakening its structural integrity. The male carpenter bee is territorial and often becomes aggressive when approached. Yet, unable to sting, it primarily protects its territory by buzzing close to an intruder. A common behavior of the male is to hover a short distance from people causing unnecessary panic. The female however, is capable of stinging but seldom does.

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