Carpenter bees get their name because of the holes they bore into exposed wood in order to build a home for their young. Because carpenter bees can only bore into wood, they only tend to be a problem for people who have log homes, cedar-sided homes, or any other exposed wood around the house such as decks, sheds, or wood trim. Carpenter bees are not “social bees” meaning that they don’t nest in large colonies, though several bees will tend to nest in the same area. If left untreated carpenter bees can multiply exponentially over time and begin to create serious damage to the home. To make matters worse, woodpeckers can add to this problem, as they will begin to peck out holes in the side of the house hunting for carpenter bees and carpenter bee larva. Luckily for homeowners, carpenter bees are not active year-round. They emerge in the spring and are most active through the months of May and June and typically activity will decrease by July.