Short answer: yes. Longer answer: unless you’re Winny the Pooh, and you stick your fingers in a bee nest looking for honey, you’ll probably be fine. Like other types of bees, namely the honey bee, only female carpenter bees sting. But the female carpenter bees are typically quite docile and rarely sting unless directly provoked. The male carpenter bees are usually the ones seen buzzing threateningly around a carpenter bee nest – you might’ve seen them buzzing around the eaves of your house, a common carpenter bee nesting area. Male carpenter bees hover around the nest and will dart after anything they deem threatening to the brood – particularly other insects or curious humans. If you wave your hand in front of a carpenter bee nest, it is common for the male bee to race toward your hand – but don’t panic! His buzz is worse than his bite, or in this case sting (which is non-existent). Despite their bravado anbd threatening behavior, male carpenter bees are completely harmless.
- Information on bee sting treatment.