do any birds eat carpenter bees

It is widely known that animals consume insects, but do birds also consume carpenter bees? Can one attract birds to their property in order to control the carpenter bee population? The simple answer is that most birds do not typically target carpenter bees as a food source, but there are a few exceptions.

Carpenter Bee Bird Predators

The major carpenter bee predators are woodpeckers and bee fly.

You may be aware of the typical damage caused by carpenter bees, which entails their tunneling and nesting in your property’s wood siding. However, the mere fact that these insects are in your space damages it even more. And that is because of the woodpecker. One of the carpenter bees’ most ferocious natural predators is the woodpecker. Carpenter bee larvae make a delectable caviar snack for woodpeckers.

Because carpenter bee larvae make a lot of noise, woodpeckers can locate their favorite food by listening to the wind. The woodpeckers are drawn to the larvae’s noise, and they enlarge holes in the tunnels so they can consume the larvae. When this occurs, you have to deal with woodpeckers, which are an even bigger nuisance, in addition to carpenter bees. Thus, it is true that the carpenter bee has a predator that is even more dangerous for your belongings.

Like woodpeckers, mockingbirds forage continuously for flying insects to eat each day. Mockingbirds are rather large birds, so they have no trouble consuming adult carpenter bees. However, because carpenter bee larvae are easier to eat, they usually concentrate on them.

Occasionally, some varieties of sparrows will also eat carpenter bees. Although carpenter bees aren’t typically their primary food source, they are opportunistic feeders and will consume them if the chance presents itself.

Do Carpenter Bees Sting Birds?

Yes, if birds are being attacked, female carpenter bees will sometimes sting them. For the majority of birds, this has little effect, but it may be sufficient to discourage attacks. Male carpenter bees are sadly completely helpless against invading birds because they lack stingers!

Can I Use Birds to Control Carpenter Bees?

Given that birds and bees can coexist, it follows that using birds to keep bees—especially carpenter bees—off your property is not an option. Drone dust treatment is required for your property before using cyclomethrin or insect repellent sprays.

While the insect repellent keeps insects like wasps and bees from returning, cypermethrin harms and kills bees.

Carpenter bees have some natural enemies and predators, even though birds do not consume them.


What birds eat carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees have few natural predators. Woodpeckers are the main threat, as well as other birds such as shrikes and bee-eaters.

Will birds keep carpenter bees away?

Having kept bird feeders over many years in many regions of the United States, I can assure you I’ve seen no cases where the presence of birds detracted or effectively repelled bees or wasps. In fact, I’ve seen the two live side by side many times.

Are carpenter bees good to have around?

Carpenter bees are important pollinators of many flowering plants found in our gardens, natural areas, and on farms. In fact, 15% of our agricultural crops are pollinated by native bees such as carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are often considered pests because of their potential to damage wooden structures.

What are carpenter bees afraid of?

Almond oil and citrus oil are carpenter bee repellents. A good way to deter females from nesting is to spray a layer of almond oil/water mixture on any susceptible areas. Do this a few times throughout the spring to discourage bees from nesting.