Undoubtedly, you’ll come across bees during an home inspection. Here what you need to know so you don’t hurt beneficial bees by accident.
Orkin, Terminix, and Aptive all do their best to not harm bees and relocate them whenever possible. When specialists have to eliminate carpenter bees, they use either dusts or sprays and inject them directly into drilled holes.
How Bee Exterminators Work
It’s unlikely carpenter bees will sting you, but they can cause a great deal of damage to your wooden surfaces. In addition to drilling holes, carpenter bees will leave pollen near the entry hole, leaving stains.
Most pest control companies perform a free home inspection and they’ll determine the best course of action.
One option is to remediate the structure the carpenter bees are going into. This can be done by replacing materials from wood to something the bees can’t drill into, or painting and staining the wood—carpenter bees typically stay away from treated wood.
A common method for pest control companies is either dusting or spraying chemicals into the holes in the wood or the access points. Injecting the treatment will eradicate the bees over time. Keep in mind that this won’t be immediate. The treatment can kill adult bees, but may not harm any eggs that have already been laid if the treatment isn’t residual. The larvae will continue to grow, and eventually hatch. Your pest control company will likely have to return to treat and monitor over the course of several seasons.
Different companies have different plans for eliminating carpenter bees. Some offer control and prevention on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis, while others will include bee control as part of a comprehensive annual program. The specific company can advise the schedule after performing the free inspection.