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What’s causing those tiny sawdust piles? Carpenter bees

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By Tom Woods
Agricultural Technician

Tiny piles of sawdust found in random spots are likely caused by large wood-drilling insects called carpenter bees.
Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees often seen flying around the wooden eaves of houses, wooden decks and wooden fences. They are often mistaken for bumblebees, but unlike bumblebees, they have a black shiny tail section.


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