When you are having to deal with carpenter bees, you will want to get rid of them quickly. As their name suggests, carpenter bees live in wood and can cause severe damage. There are home remedies to consider, as well as calling a pest control company.
How Much Does A Carpenter Bee Treatment Cost?
A carpenter bee treatment is going to cost at least $150-$250 for the initial visit and treatment. Hopefully this will only take one treatment or your pest control provider offers free retreatments.
The cost of treating carpenter bees can vary greatly. While home remedies may seem less expensive, you may need to treat the area several times. Even using a pest control company can have different prices and the overall cost will depend on: how bad the problem is, where they are located, and how often the company needs to come back.
Types of Carpenter Bee Treatments
Once you determine you have carpenter bees, you will want to treat them immediately before they cause any damage, or more than what they have already done. You can try and get rid of them yourself, but you may need to call in a professional. Let’s look at the options so you can determine which is best for you.
Home remedies are popular when treating unwanted pests, such as carpenter bees for many reasons. People often think it is cheaper to do it themselves and home remedies tend to be safer for the environment, humans, and pets. There are several things you can try, some have been known to be successful.
- Essential Oils – the use of essential oils is very common in treating a variety of things. In particular, if you need to get rid of carpenter bees you will want to try citrus oil or almond oil to prevent carpenter bees. Simply spray the area where the bees are. You can either use straight citrus oil or you can dilute it with some water – either way, bees hate citrus.
- Boric Acid – boric acid, or borax is a well known household pesticide. Although it is a natural mineral, it is very toxic for both humans and pets so extreme caution should be used when handling it. Boric acid works to kill bees, and other pests by shutting down their digestive system. To kill the carpenter bees with boric acid, make a solution with water and borax in a spray bottle. Be sure to use gloves when handling the boric acid, and wearing safety glasses when spraying is also recommended.
- Diatomaceous earth – another natural pesticide, diatomaceous earth is a safe and good solution for getting rid of carpenter bees, and other pests. Diatomaceous earth is safe to use around humans, pets, and children and is a sand like substance formed from fossilized algae with a silica compound. It will break down the outer layer of the bees exoskeleton and cause them to die from dehydration. You will also need a duster, which allows you to dust the diatomaceous earth inside the tunnel and nests of the bees. The bees will pick it up and carry it to other bees.
- Aerosol Spray – this is another great solution to get rid of carpenter bees. Simply spray the aerosol spray into the holes and tunnels to clear out the bees. You can actually prevent carpenter bees with WD-40!
- Fill the holes – filling the holes goes hand in hand with treating the carpenter bees. If they can’t get to their nests, they will have to move on. Filling the holes with caulk is your best bet. Learn how to plug carpenter bee holes!
- Pesticide – if you don’t want to kill the carpenter bees with a natural home remedy, you can still use a pesticide sold at the store. The most effective way to get the pesticide to work (and into the holes) is by spraying some steel wool with the pesticide solution and shoving it into the holes. The bees will try and eat through the steel wool to get out and ingest the pesticide, killing them. Be sure and wear gloves when handling any chemicals or pesticide.
- Traps – Another very successful DIY way to prevent and get rid of carpenter bees is to place traps around your home! These traps mimic the natural nests of carpenter bees, and allows you to trap them before they damage your home! Learn more about carpenter bee traps!
Pest Control Company
If you decide to go with a professional pest company, you will want to make sure of a few things. Getting a referral from a trusted friend or family member is always the best place to start. You will also want to be sure they are a licensed company.
Many pest control companies will offer a free quote to come out and look at your problem first. This is important to consider and can save you a lot of money. Another thing to consider is how many times they will need to treat and how much each visit will cost.
Usually, you pay more the first time a company treats the problem and if they need to come back, it is a smaller amount. Find out if the company offers a guarantee of services, this could also save you a lot of money in the long run.
Carpenter Bee Extermination Cost
No matter what route you are using – home remedies or professional pest control – you will need to look at the cost of carpenter bee extermination. The cost of using a professional pest control company will depend on several things: where you live and the severity of the infestation.
Typically, using a pest control company can cost anywhere from $250-$400 for the first visit. Hopefully the company will just need to treat the area once, but if they need to come out again, you could pay around $75-$150 for each additional visit.
Keep in mind also, if the carpenter bees are on a second or third story of your home, that increases the danger for the professional and also the price. Home remedies can be much cheaper, especially if you already have the product you choose to use. However, you may need to treat the area multiple times, depending on how many carpenter bees you have.
What are Carpenter Bees?
Understanding what carpenter bees are will help you determine if that is what you have, how to prevent them from making your property their home, and how to treat them. There are so many different species of bees, and there are even several types of carpenter bees.
When compared to a hairy bumble bee, carpenter bees will almost always have a shiny abdomen as opposed to the thick hair found on a bumble bee.
Carpenter bees also typically do not live in a group, but rather alone. Sometimes the female carpenter bees will live together in a nest, but not always. However, the single nests of a carpenter bee are usually near others forming what looks like a big colony of bees.
Carpenter bees get their name from the fact they make their home in untreated wood. They burrow shallow tunnels in wood causing unwanted damage. Although they don’t dig too deep, they can still cause superficial damage and if left untreated, their tunnels can cause significant damage to your property. They also attract woodpeckers which in turn causes more damage.
Another thing to look for is the stinger – male carpenter bees do not have a stinger on them. A female carpenter bee will have a stinger, but they have a calm temperament and unless they are attacked, usually will not try to sting you.
Signs of Carpenter Bees
To most, a bee is a bee, but carpenter bees are very different in both their behavior and looks than other common bees. Carpenter bees don’t eat the wood they dig, but rather they dig tunnels for their homes, so you will see piles of sawdust below their nests.
Also, if you have untreated wood or trees that are soft, this is where you will find carpenter bees.
If you see holes in the wood or notice any breakage in wood, carpenter bees may be the cause. You can also hear the bees while they are digging tunnels, so if you suspect them to be a problem, try and listen for their buzzing.
Preventing Carpenter Bees
Remember, once you are rid of the carpenter bees, you will want to prevent them from coming back. Depending on the damage already caused will determine what exactly you need to do. Alternatively, if you were lucky enough to not have any issues with carpenter bees, but are still wanting to prevent them from landing on your property, there are some things you can consider doing.
- Close the holes up – if you have successfully gotten rid of your carpenter bee infestation, now it’s time to patch up and repair any damage they caused. Caulking the holes where they dug tunnels is a good start. Depending on the size and extent of the damage, you may need to replace the wood altogether.
- Treat the wood – remember, carpenter bees like untreated and soft wood. One of the best prevention tools is to simply treat the wood.
- Spray – Once all the holes are patched up and the wood is repaired or treated, you can continue to spray citrus oil to keep carpenter bees at bay. You can also choose a harsher chemical or pesticide to spray for prevention.
Final Thoughts On The Cost Of A Carpenter Bee Treatment
When you are dealing with any sort of infestation, you want to act quickly to resolve it. Carpenter bees are no exception. Although the risk of getting stung by one of these worker bees is not great, they pose other threats – like structural damage. When left untreated, the damage done by carpenter bees to trees or property can be severe.
Looking at your options for treating and killing carpenter bees vary from several different home remedies to calling a professional pest control company. Sometimes biting the bullet and paying more for a professional service is worth the extra money, especially if there is a guarantee of services.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on carpenter bee treatment cost as well as some DIY options as well!