Carpenter Bees: Understanding and Managing the Buzzing Builders with Exodus Exterminating

Published April 7th, 2024 by Exodus Exterminating

As spring and summer grace us with their presence, so do the carpenter bees, those solitary, buzzing creatures that seem to have a particular affinity for the wood structures of our homes and gardens. Unlike their honeybee relatives, carpenter bees are not as benign to our structures, drilling perfectly round holes into wood to nest and lay their eggs. 

This behavior, while fascinating from a biological standpoint, can cause significant damage over time. This is where Exodus Exterminating steps in as your expert ally in managing and preventing carpenter bee infestations in Rochester, NY, and beyond.

Understanding Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees but have smooth, shiny abdomens compared to the furry ones of their cousins. They prefer untreated, exposed wood for nesting, often targeting decks, sheds, and eaves. While they do not consume wood—opting instead for nectar and pollen—their nesting activities can weaken structures and invite further damage from weather and other pests.

One common misconception is that carpenter bees are aggressive. Males may hover and dart towards humans near their nests, but they lack stingers and pose no threat. Females can sting but rarely do unless directly handled or provoked.

The Impact of Carpenter Bees

The true harm of carpenter bees lies in their ability to compromise the structural integrity of wood through their nesting habits. Over time, repeated nesting in the same locations can lead to considerable damage, requiring costly repairs. Additionally, their presence can attract woodpeckers, which exacerbate the damage in their pursuit of bee larvae.

Exodus Exterminating: Your Carpenter Bee Solution

At Exodus Exterminating, we understand the balance between the ecological benefits of carpenter bees and the need to protect our homes from their destructive tendencies. Our approach to managing carpenter bee infestations is comprehensive, environmentally responsible, and tailored to each unique situation.

Inspection and Identification

Our first step is always a thorough inspection to confirm the presence of carpenter bees and assess the extent of the damage. Proper identification is crucial, as treatment strategies vary significantly among different species.


Once a carpenter bee infestation is confirmed, Exodus Exterminating employs a variety of treatment options designed to effectively address the current population while minimizing harm to the bees and the environment. This can include the use of safe, targeted insecticides applied directly into nesting holes, followed by sealing these holes to prevent re-entry and discourage future nesting.


Beyond addressing the immediate problem, Exodus offers solutions to deter future infestations. This includes treating or painting exposed wood surfaces to make them less attractive to carpenter bees and recommending changes to landscaping or building materials that are less appealing to these pests.

Education and Support

An integral part of our service is educating homeowners on signs of carpenter bee activity and how to maintain their properties to deter pests. We believe in empowering our clients with knowledge, providing them with the tools and support needed to protect their homes.

Why Exodus Exterminating?

Choosing Exodus Exterminating means opting for a partner that values the safety and integrity of your home as much as you do. Our experienced team is well-versed in the latest pest control techniques, ensuring that we offer the most effective and environmentally conscious solutions available. We pride ourselves on our customer service, understanding that each client's needs are unique, and strive to provide personalized, effective pest management strategies.

Rochester NY Carpenter Bees Control

Carpenter bees, while important pollinators, can become unwelcome guests when they start damaging our homes. Understanding their behavior and habitat preferences is the first step in managing their presence. 

With Exodus Exterminating, you have a dedicated team ready to tackle the challenge, combining expert knowledge with effective, environmentally friendly solutions. Protecting your home from carpenter bees doesn't have to be a daunting task—with Exodus on your side, it's a manageable and even educational journey. 

Let us help you maintain the structural integrity of your home while coexisting peacefully with the natural world around us. Contact us today!

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