Carpenter bees in Connecticut are quite the problem in and around your home and business if they are causing bore holes in your dwelling. Although carpenter bees, for the most part, are harmless to humans they can cause damage to structural wood. You can recognize carpenter bees by their size and actions. Carpenter bees in Connecticut range in size from 3/4 inch to 1 inch. You will see heavier carpenter bee activity in Connecticut during the spring months when the come out to mate and bore holes in wood to lay their eggs. Carpenter bees look like bumble bees but are less hairy and a shinier black. Carpenter bees are difficult to treat by yourself, it is best to have them treated by a professional. There are some preventive measures you can take though to help alleviate a carpenter bee issue in your home or business.

Preventing carpenter bee issues

  • Paint or varnish all exposed wood surfaces especially fascia boards
  • Where possible use pressure treated wood on the exterior of your building
  • Remove and replace old, weathered, decaying wood
  • Use pressure treated wood in areas exposed to constant moisture
  • Cap exposed wood with vinyl or aluminum siding