While carpenter bees look like a mostly black version of a bumble bees that's where their similarities end. They are quite different than bumblebees. Yes, they can sting, but only the female can. This behavior is usually what causes people to ask us if carpenter bees are dangerous.
Beside this, do carpenter bees have a stinger?
Male bees often are seen hovering near nests, and will approach nearby animals. However, males are harmless, since they do not have a stinger. Female carpenter bees are capable of stinging, but they are docile and rarely sting unless caught in the hand or otherwise directly provoked.
How do you get rid of carpenter bees?
Method 2 Preventing Carpenter Bees
- Stuff their hole with steel-wool.
- Stain or paint any outdoor wooden surfaces to discourage bee infestation.
- Spray affected areas with a natural non-synthetic citrus and/or tea tree oil spray.
- Stop the cycle of reproduction.
- Seal off burrows or galleries that have been vacated.
Are carpenter bees aggressive?
Male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests. The males are quite harmless, however, since they lack stingers. Female carpenter bees can inflict a painful sting but seldom will unless they are handled or molested.