Carpenter Bees are solitary bees that live in the ground. They build their nests out of wood fibers they chew off of rotten logs, branches, pieces of your home or patio and other sources. Carpenter bees can cause damage to homes or trees and can be a nuisance when they nest near window screens, doors, or vents. Fortunately, carpenter bees only sting if you disturb them directly so as long as you leave them alone – your family should be safe from these insects!
How Long Do Carpenter Bees Live?:
Carpenter bees live between two and three years long. This is longer than most other types of bees and stinging insects, and they generally have between 1 and 2 new sets of offspring per year.
Carpenter Bee Mating and Breeding Cycle:
Unlike bumblebees, carpenter bees aren’t colony insects, so they only really spend time around a small number of other carpenter bees or their mates. Although carpenter bees are still strong pollinators, they don’t do it to make honey as a colony. When they are born their young will spend time around their parents until they’re old enough to be on their own.
Below you’ll see the cycle of how carpenter bees mate and prepare for their young:
Week 1-2: Adult carpenter bees begin their mating ritual. Mating occurs in late spring and early summer. Males die within a few days of mating, while females will go on to search for wood fibers for their nests.
Week 3-6: Female carpenter bees build nests out of wood fibers drawn from old logs or other sources. They chew the fibers into a stringy pulp, which they use to make their nests.
Week 6-7: The female carpenter bee lays eggs in her nest and seals them off when she is finished. Once the eggs hatch, larvae eat wood fiber for nourishment until pupation occurs at week seven when adult bees begin to emerge.
Week 8-9: Adult carpenter bees begin to establish their territories, find food, and feed larvae. Most adult carpenter bees will die within a few weeks of emerging from the nests they have made. One to two weeks after mating, females die while males will typically fade away within a couple of days of emerging from pupation.
Understanding Carpenter Bees Lifespans and Lifecycles:
Carpenter bee populations will vary from year to year, depending largely on the weather and food availability which can have a huge effect on how long carpenter bees live. With no males around to mate with, females of this species will not be able to reproduce; the new generation of carpenter bees will only be able to come from unfertilized eggs laid by existing females – and that can only go on so long.
In order to prevent a large population of carpenter bees from emerging in your area, it is recommended you have a pest control company come and spray your property for these insects before mating season begins. A single treatment will usually be enough to combat most infestations for a full year, if not longer!
Carpenter bees are generally not dangerous and do not build nests near homes just to bother people – they need old, weathered logs and other sources of rotting wood to maintain their colony! When carpenter bee populations significantly decline in your area, you can expect a higher number of these insects to invade homes in an effort to find the wood fibers they need to make nests. If you have a carpenter bee infestation in your home, be sure to contact a pest control company for a thorough examination and a one-year treatment plan!
Carpenter bees are generally not dangerous but occasionally will build nests near homes and can bother people – they need old, weathered logs and other sources of rotting wood to maintain their colony! When carpenter bee populations significantly decline in your area, you can expect a higher number of these insects to invade homes in an effort to find the wood fibers they need to make nests. If you have a carpenter bee infestation in your home, be sure to contact a pest control company for a thorough examination and a one-year treatment plan! We’ve also had good results with carpenter bee traps and you can also try using other solutions as well.