Carpenter bees ruin the wood around homes, barns, and other outside structures. Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees in appearance but lack the hairy abdomen of the former. While bumblebees build underground nests and colonies, carpenter bees live in solitary hives.
Unfortunately, the “homes” they build for themselves and their families are little more than precisely drilled holes in wood. These holes are where mature female carpenter bees develop their larva for the next generation of bees. Examine any wood surfaces or external eaves for evidence of sawdust. There’s a good chance you’ll come upon a precisely drilled hole along the way. There’s also a floating scout male bee that keeps an eye on the house.
Carpenter bees can wreak havoc on your home, so here are five natural ways to keep them at bay.