Carpenter bees have a different society from honey bees. The male carpenter bees have no stingers, even though it’s their job to protect the females. The males *look* very menacing and fly in all kinds of zig zag ways, or they’ll hover like little helicopters and stare you down. They will not hurt you. The females have stingers, and really have to be bothered for them to sting. One generation will live for only one year.
I try to learn about different creatures so I can deal with them in appropriate ways. The carpenter bees I’ve just left alone.
Except if they eat my upstairs porch out from under me, or I fall off the ladder while trying to kill them. More than one member of my family has taken their final ride on a stepladder.