Solitary bees is a term to describe a category of bees that operate outside the structure of a hive community. There are about 30,000 species of solitary bees worldwide, but the most common varieties in the U.S. are mason bees, plasterer bees, digger bees, carpenter bees, and sweat bees. These species vary in appearance with some looking more like a traditional bee and some mimicking the outward appearance of a wasp.
Like most types of bees, solitary bees are generally non-aggressive and are valuable pollinators. However, they are able to sting and can cause damage to property. Depending on the species, their behaviors can open up homes to water damage, destroy plants and crops, weaken the integrity of cellulose-based building materials, and cause general unease. If the presence of a solitary bee becomes an issue on your property, allow a pest control professional to assist with a safe plan of action.