Despite being harmless in nature, an infestation of carpenter bees can cause much more than headaches if ignored.
Do Carpenter Bees Sting?
Yes and no. Male carpenter bees do not have stingers, while their female counterparts do have stingers.
Female carpenter bees are less likely to sting than bumble bees because of their docile nature. However, if directly handled, female carpenter bees will sting out of defense.
What Damage Can Carpenter Bees Cause?
Drilling their ways into exposed, vulnerable woodwork, carpenter bees can go from 1 foot to as deep as 4 feet into wood surfaces to make their nests. The female carpenter bees are responsible for this drilling, starting in the months of April and May.
Female carpenter bees will drill cells into wood surfaces and structures, that eventually become their nests. Though a female carpenter bee can only lay up to 10 eggs during their life, if numerous carpenter bees target a single structure for nesting, this can be a large cause for concern.