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'Tis The Season For Carpenter Bee Infestation

'Tis the season for carpenter bee infestation.

This may be a problem where you live.  It certainly is here.

Carpenter bees!  They are what they sound like - they work on wood.

They carve holes and tunnels into wood surfaces, lay eggs, and keep going.

They seem to pick out a house, or an area of a house, and go at it.

If you see stains such as the one in the photo to the right, you have a carpenter bee infestation!

Just above that stain is a small, round hole in the wood, about the diameter of your pinky.

That is the entrance to the carpenter bee's lair, where eggs are laid, and food is deposited for when the eggs hatch.  When hatched the new carpenter bees go and do that voodoo they do so well.

They create more holes, lay more eggs, and, well, the cycle of life continues.

If you ever get to where you want to clean those stains, smell the rag.  It will smell like honey!

And I'm not kidding!

I have these carpenter bee posts from time to time.  In this one click here I tell how to eliminate them.

My recommendation:  spring is the best time to see the fresh carpenter bee stains.   But they will go at their work all summer long.  Carpenter bees do damage, so you might need to go at them all summer long too!  Keep a sharp eye out.  Carpenter bees look like bumble bees, but have a more pointed hind end.  And when they fly they will stop in mid air, looking at the house, or at you!  They don't sting, but still can be menacing when they come at you!  They seem to dive bomb humans for fun, but one has never landed on me!



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • June 03 2017 11:15AM


I don't recall seeing these in my area, we have a lot of mud wasps that full every little hole with mud.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 3 years ago

I don't think I have ever seen this in Oklahoma City. Termites and wasps yes but this no.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 3 years ago

I saw them at a home on long island that had been infested.... how are they exterminated? Jay Markanich is it a spray job just as carpenter ants are exterminated....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 3 years ago

They haven't landed on you because you're still too nimble and can outrun them... lol

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 3 years ago

Yes our front porch had several holes along the soffits. It was bad for a while with all the male bees bombarding us as we came in the house. Reading your post now sounded all too familiar of this past spring! Spray the females out of the nest holes and then fill with caulk. So far that has forced them to move on. Hoping it stays that way!

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) about 3 years ago

Mud wasps may be everywhere, William!

Those are everywhere too, Joe!  Carpenter bees are very prevalent here.

You have to go after the holes first, Barbara.  Then, once the bees are dead, fill the holes.

That, or I don't smell like wood, Fred.  Maybe I shouldn't wear sandalwood cologne?

That's all it takes, Craig.  They don't come back once the holes are compromised with bug spray.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Don't see them much around here.  My battle again this year is bats.  Thought I had everything sealed up, but they proved me wrong.  Another "Honey Do" item for later this fall!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 3 years ago

Stephen - when you get them under control let me know how!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Not something we ses in our part of the world...see there are some advantages to a chilly winter...but a great reminder to people who have them !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

S&D - I noticed from comments that they don't seem to be up north!  But they are here and south for sure.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

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