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Black Bees? How to Differentiate a Bumble Bee vs Carpenter Bee

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Black Bees? How to Differentiate a Bumble Bee vs Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees and bumble bees are often confused for one another. Both are approximately the same size and can be found in some of the same places, including your garden. If you see large black bees in your yard, there are some easy tell-tale signs for distinguishing between the two.   Bumble bees are important pollinators and are one of the few bee species who can pollinate. Specifically, they are excellent buzz pollinators, which is the process of dislodging pollen from the flower by the vibrations of their flight muscles. Currently, the pollinator population is declining, therefore, it is crucial...

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Prevent Carpenter Bees this Summer

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Prevent Carpenter Bees this Summer

This season alone, Best Bee Brothers has received hundreds of calls from people ready to pull out their hair due to the destruction of carpenter bees. Understandably, preventing and treating carpenter bees can seem like a daunting task. Even though the initial nesting season is over, you can still prevent future carpenter bees occupancy during the remaining summer months. The key to carpenter bee prevention is treating carpenter bee nests. Although mating season is over, carpenter bees continue to build their nests and produce their young throughout the summer. Any nest you see, old or new, must be treated immediately....

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Carpenter Bees, why we have a love-hate relationship

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Carpenter Bees, why we have a love-hate relationship

Let's face it, carpenter bees are ugly.  Instinctively your thought is to run away from these big flying bugs.  But, carpenter bees are actually very docile bees that rarely sting unless provoked.  These bees also play an important part to our ecosystem.  We need them and we love them for their pollinating abilities.  They travel plant to plant searching for nectar providing pollination for our fruits, vegetables, and flowers.  However, the destruction they cause in their nesting can have many home owners jumping quickly to get rid of them.   Their nests burrow tunnels into the wood, which after multiple years...

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Best Techniques to Eliminate Carpenter Bees

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Best Techniques to Eliminate Carpenter Bees

When Carpenter Bees build nests within the walls of your beautiful home, you'll do almost anything to get rid of them. For some, using pesticides is the last resort or simply not an option. This is why we created a chemical free solution. Here are some simple techniques, without the use of chemicals, to try: Our Best Bee Trap: Our patented design attracts carpenter bees and traps them in an easy-to-dispose bottle.  The traps should be placed by the eaves of the house, on porches, and in areas where wood is exposed.  Placing them on the sunny side of the house...

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How to identify carpenter bees

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How to identify carpenter bees

So, you think you may have a carpenter bee problem? Here are some simple facts to help you identify if your unwanted guests are indeed carpenter bees. First compare its appearance: Carpenter bees resemble large bumble bees. The first characteristic that distinguishes them from the bumble bee is the smooth blackish-blue colored abdomen. The thorax is where the common yellow, orange and white hairs are, along with dark thick hair on the legs. Carpenter bees can range from ¾” to 1” (1.9 to 2.54 cm) in length. The female carpenter bees can be easily distinguished from the males. Females have...

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