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Carpenter Ants

  • Polymorphic workers, can vary in size
  • Do not sting however can have a painful bite
  • Nest in wood causing damage
  • Signs of infestation include piles of sawdust with insect parts inside and foraging trails of workers outside near tree roots, shrubs, mulch piles, anywhere wood is available
  • Most active between sunset and sunrise

Carpenter Bees

  • Solitary bees that nest generally in weathered or unpainted wood.
  • Males aggressive but have no stinger, female has stinger but is rarely known to sting
  • Female lays eggs 4-6’’ inside of hollowed out wood and lays 5-6 eggs per hole. Eggs take up to 36 days to hatch.
  • Adult bees will overwinter inside of empty nest tunnels
  • Will bore holes into painted or stained wood but typically go for unpainted or unstained wood