Adult carpenter bees (Xylocopa spp.) are considered a nuisance because they excavate tunnels into the wood of buildings. Repeated years of infestation can cause serious structural damage. Carpenter bees have a worldwide distribution. There are seven species found in the United States of America. Mar 24, · The carpenter bee is so called because of where it chooses to make it’s home. They are solitary bees, and are not part of a larger hive community. Instead, they burrow into soft woods, such as the siding of a house, to live in and lay larvae. The female carpenter bee is the one who makes the hole by chewing through the wood.
May 25, · Having reproduced, adult carpenter bees die off in July, leaving the new generation to continue the cycle when they emerge a month or so later. Most people encounter carpenter bees during April and May when they've just emerged to mate. During this time, male carpenter bees tend to hover around nest openings, looking for receptive females.