Last Updated February 26th, 2023: Do you have carpenter bees in or around your house? If left unattended they can cause hundreds even thousands in damage as they drill their way into your porch or house siding to create their nests. Not only can this make your porch structurally unsound, but it also is unsightly. In this article we’ve been talking about carpenter bee treatment cost, and whether it’s worth to hire a professional exterminator to get rid of carpenter bees.
How Much Does A Carpenter Bee Treatment Cost?
A carpenter bee treatment is going to cost between $125 – $400. Generally pest control companies ask for an initial fee which usually ranges from $100-$250, and then they’ll also charge you for the actual service, or they’ll ask you to sign up for a monthly pest control package.
A professional exterminator is going to be relatively expensive for a carpenter bee infestation, but if they are worth their weight, then they should offer a removal guarantee, so it could be worth it depending on your needs. If you are going to end up paying a few hundred dollars for carpenter bee treatment, then you should go with a reputable company that offers free re-treatments if you continue to spot carpenter bees after the treatment. It’s not uncommon for a single treatment to not eliminate all the carpenter bees around your property, so I’m not going to fault the pest control company for that, but you also shouldn’t have to pay for this.
What Are The Risks Of Using A Professional Exterminator?
Generally speaking most professional exterminators use pesticides such as Permethrin which is very effective in killing insects, but unfortunately it’s difficult to control and ends up killing nearly any insect that comes near it. This means you’ll end up killing all insects in the area, which can cause negative effects to our ecosystem.
It’s also a bit worrying because although carpenter bees can be extremely annoying and destructive to your home, carpenter bees are actually beneficial to our ecosystem, so killing them with pesticides can continue to hurt our ecosystem.
That’s why we always recommend preventative measurements and using carpenter bee traps when possible, because this gives you the option to release the carpenter bees away from your home without having to kill them.
What Are My Other Options Instead Of Using A Professional Exterminator?
Prevention is the number 1 way to get rid of carpenter bees. You can prevent carpenter bees before you have an infestation, and you can repel carpenter bees without having to kill them!
If you currently have a carpenter bee infestation, we recommend using carpenter bee traps, these traps mimic a natural carpenter bee nest with prebuilt holes. This means that the carpenter bees are attracted to these traps, and once they enter them they get trapped inside, usually in a glass container. This means you can take the trapped carpenter bees and release them away from your home, so you don’t have to kill them.
You can also prevent and repel carpenter bees by using some of the following natural scents and oils:
Final Thoughts On Professional Carpenter Bee Treatments
Overall, the cost of carpenter bee treatments are going to be pretty high. That being said, they could be worth it if you go with a reputable pest control company that offers free re-treatments and really stands by their service. At that point it’s really up to you if the price is worth it or not.
Thank you for reading our guide on the typical carpenter bee treatment cost, I hope it was helpful!