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To get rid of Houston carpenter bees and stay ahead of them, here's what you should know:
several species, female Carpenter Bees live in tunnels along side their own daughters or sisters, creating a sort of social group.
They use wood bits to form partitions between the cells in the nest. A few species in the Houston area bore holes in wood dwellings.
Since the tunnels are near the surface, structural damage is generally minor or nonexistent. However, extensive damage to trim can be costly to repair. This bee has a fondness of drilling almost perfect half inch nesting holes in wooden shade arbors.
Carpenter bees can be important pollinators on open-faced flowers, even obligate pollinators on some, such as the Maypop (Passiflora incarnata), though many species are also known to "rob" nectar by slitting the sides of flowers with deep corollas.
Carpenter bees are traditionally considered solitary bees, though some species have simple social nests in which mothers and daughters may cohabit.
However, even solitary species tend to be gregarious, and often several will nest near each other. It has been occasionally reported that when females cohabit, there may be a division of labor between them, where one female may spend most of her time as a guard within the nest, motionless and near the entrance, while another female spends most of her time foraging for provisions.
Carpenter bees make nests by tunneling into wood, vibrating their bodies as they rasp their mandibles against the wood, each nest having a single entrance which may have many adjacent tunnels. Carpenter bees do not eat wood. They discard the bits of wood, or re-use particles to build partitions between cells.
The tunnel functions as a nursery for brood and the pollen/nectar upon which the brood subsists.
The provision masses of some species are among the most complex in shape of any group of bees;
Whereas most bees fill their brood cells with a soupy mass, and others form simple spheroidal pollen masses, Xylocopa form elongate and carefully sculpted masses that have several projections which keep the bulk of the mass from coming into contact with the cell walls, sometimes resembling an irregular caltrop.
The eggs are very large relative to the size of the female, and are some of the largest eggs among all insects.
Carpenter bees are sometimes confused with Bumble Bees.
Carpenter bees can do substantial wood damage if allowed to continue to mine out their extensive nesting galleries.
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