Carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) removal and extermination has increased in the Northeast as these pests have emerged in recent years as a significant problem. In appearance, they look similar to bumblebees, but not as large. Carpenter bees are known for the perfectly round holes they bore into the dry wood of homes, decks, and fence posts. These holes are typically 4 to 6 inches deep and are most often seen along the eaves of homes. Once a hole has been bored, the female carpenter bee will line the hole with a mixture of pollen and nectar, and then lay an egg and seal up the hole. A carpenter bee infestation can be a recurring and persistent problem since the males and females will winter in existing holes and may even use these same holes for egg laying the following season, while excavating new holes in the same general area. If you see signs of carpenter bees, give us a call at 1-800-525-8084.