Recently, I went on a service call for a homeowner in Sea Girt, NJ who was having an issue with bees flying around her detached garage. Once I arrived and began my inspection, I immediately noticed bees boring into the exterior fascia board in the detached garage. Upon closer inspection, I identified these bees as carpenter bees.
Carpenter bees are wood-boring insects and are often mistaken for bumblebees since they are similar in both size and appearance. However, unlike bumblebees, they are not social insects that live in colonies. They are solitary insects. Carpenter bees have hairless abdomens that are shiny black.