What looks like a bumblebee but has a jet black abdomen and hovers around eaves and other wooden fascias? Carpenter bees are very interesting creatures. Usually people start seeing them hover about mid-May.
Carpenter bees are destructive wood boring insects. They bore about a 1/2 in. hole and then continue tunneling about 1 ft. without breaking through the face of the wood. Carpenter bees lay their eggs at the end of these galleries packed down with pollen.
If you have a wood sided home you may be able to find these holes by both the sawdust and the pollen which tends to stain wood surfaces.
The hovering of individual bees trying to attract mates gives an ideas of the breadth of the infestation. Treating the galleries is the best solution for controlling these pests.
With the popularity of wood homes in some areas this pest has been thriving in northeastern Ohio.
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