Recently, I went out on a service call in Englishtown, NJ for a new residential client that was having an issue with bees on his brand new deck. Once I arrived, I began my inspection and came across several bees boring into the deck. Upon closer inspection, I identified these bees are carpenter bees.
Carpenter bees are similar in appearance to bumble bees, but their abdomen doesn't have any hair and is shiny black in color. While they can be aggressive, they very rarely will sting — the females do have stingers, but seldom use it. Once the weather turns warmer, they emerge and begin looking for a place to build a gallery to lay eggs.