How to Identify Carpenter Bees


The adult Carpenter Bee is usually around 1/2″ to 1″ long. Carpenter Bees will look similar to Bumble Bees with the exception of their bare and shiny abdomen. They also have a single hairy yellow band at the base of their head. Male Carpenter Bees have a yellow face while females have a black face.


The first sign of detection for Carpenter Bees is likely a small dime size hole in wood around your home. Female Carpenter Bees often nest in weathered or untreated wood. Wood decks, wood fences, and unprotected wood on your home are easy targets for Carpenter Bees.


Carpenter Bee tunnels known as galleries are bored into wood at an average depth of 4″ to 6″ in several directions, but can extend up to 10′. Untreated, these galleries can increase the rate of decay in the wood weakening its structural integrity.

Male Carpenter Bees are territorial and often become aggressive when approached. They primarily protect their territory by buzzing close to a humans face and head since the males do not have a stinger. Female Carpenter Bees have a stinger which is rarely used.


Treating and painting wood is the recommended approach for deterring Carpenter Bees. A large gallery can be difficult to control so, if possible, control measures should be taken when galleries are small.


A professional treatment is the best way to reduce and help prevent Carpenter Bees. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the reduction of Carpenter Bees. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your bee problems.

Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call Cook’s, the South’s reliable pest control service. We provide free bee identification and free inspections for bees with no obligation!

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.