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We Are Carpenter Bee Exterminators

EnviroPest has been protecting local homes and families from carpenter bees for over 30 years. Our carpenter bee removal services provide a variety of treatments, including our all-natural bee pest control solutions. One key ingredient to our continued success is our relentless attention to detail backed by our extended guarantee. You’ll see below that our programs are designed to eliminate carpenter bees and the egg cycles. Ask us why our treatments are eco-friendly when you contact us to discuss your carpenter bee problem.

Carpenter bee damage causes homeowners to spend billions in repairs each year. Typical DIY treatment can be unsuccessful. This is why thousands of homeowners trust our highly trained staff to handle safe and effective guaranteed treatments on your home or business.

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Biology & Signs Of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bee damage can be tough to spot. Different types of wood can cause hide the damage. Also, the holes that carpenter bees chew can look like man-made drilling. It’s what is inside that is extremely concerning. They burrow out the wood and create extensive damage. Our staff is trained to spot the start of infestations, carpenter bee test holes, and active versus inactive areas.

One important clue that alerts most homeowners in the sawdust that falls from the active infestation. If you see sawdust on your deck or around your home, be aware this byproduct is the result of an active infestation.carpenter bee pupae

Carpenter bees drill a vertical hole in fascia boards, barns or any exterior wood. They then continue the hole before taking a right turn—that’s where the female will lay her eggs. After the eggs hatch, the larvae will chew their way out of the wood, causing more damage. They repeat this process every seven (7) weeks.

EnviroPest carpenter bee exterminators will also spend the time to see what areas around your home are causing infestations. Whether it’s a wooded area or your neighbor’s house, we are trained to inspect all structures in and around your property for a complete carpenter bee service.

Why Carpenter Bees Are Getting Worse Every Year

New York State is blessed with many species of trees. Softwood and hardwood trees both allow carpenter bees to flourish. This habitat, a long-lived life cycle combined with milder winters, has contributed to large increases in carpenter bee infestations locally.

For a company to properly treat carpenter bees, they should return to your property multiple times throughout the warmer months. This is due to the egg cycles and continuous increase in generations year over year—one-time pest control treatments for carpenter bees are not recommended by experts in the past control industry.

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For a company to properly treat carpenter bees, they should return to your property multiple times throughout the warmer months. This is due to the egg cycles and continuous increase in generations year over year—one-time pest control treatments for carpenter bees are not recommended by experts in the past control industry.

It starts with the equipment

Carpenter Bees are notorious for infesting some of the hardest-to-reach places on your home. Our trained staff is provided with only the industry-leading equipment to identify and ultimately reach carpenter bee damage and infestations in your home’s exterior wood portions.

Homeowners choose EnviroPest carpenter bee pest control to guarantee a 100% carpenter bee-free home. Besides our regular treatments for prevention and elimination, we re-visit the property at no additional charge if you have any concerns or needs. Please be aware that we do not kill honey bees or treat anywhere near honey bee farms.

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Carpenter bees get their name from their ability to drill through wood and nest in the hole. Their drilling creates a near-perfect hole, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.

Carpenter Bee Biology

Carpenter bees get their name from their ability to drill through wood and nest in the hole. Their drilling creates a near-perfect hole, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. The hole is usually located on the underside of the wood surface; including siding, soffits, decks, overhangs, fence posts and window frames. Although the hole appears to be only an inch or two deep, it rarely ends there. The female carpenter bee will turn 90 degrees and bore a channel from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet. This channel serves as a main corridor from which she will drill small chambers a few inches deep. These chambers become egg holders. She will deposit an egg, bring in a mass of pollen for the newly hatched larvae to feed on, and then seal it all off to ensure it's development before she repeats the process for the next egg. The male spends most of his time flying around the nest playing guard. This is ironic as nature has left him ill prepared: he has no stinger! Only the female can sting. Simply killing the male will not solve your problem. You must treat the nest.

What to Look for When Hiring a Carpenter Bee Removal Company

  • Check to see if your company is licensed and insured through the state of New York.
  • It’s also essential to check how long technicians have been with the company. In too many organizations, many staff is seasonal and unlicensed.  
  • Technicians should have experience with carpenter bees.
  • Keeping up with industry equipment and the latest eco-friendly products is essential. Check with industry affiliates such as the National Pest Management Association for memberships and recommendations.
  • Biology and safety are crucial. Entomologists on staff can be an essential credential.
  • Choose a company based on its quality of service, not the price—research user reviews and testimonials but also the person on the phone should be just as knowledgeable as the staff that arrives at your home.
  • Be wary of the salesman. Often the staff that arrives are not as detailed and thorough. We don’t use field sales. The same staff who inspect your home are the same staff who do the work.
  • Check if the company implements an Integrated Pest Management plan of action. These guidelines can be the difference in gaining long-term results and speak to the company’s knowledge as a whole.
  • The EnviroPest Complete Service Guarantee

The EnviroPest Complete Service Guarantee

If you are not satisfied at any time between services or your guarantee period, you as a customer of EnviroPest are not happy. We will readdress the area in question at no additional charge. We have serviced over 300,000 homes and businesses over 30 years, and our clients rely on us to stand behind the work we perform.

Our continuous inspection and treatment mean a 100% guarantee as long as you have us on the property.

Another reason we are the natural choice in pest control. Our service personnel has been trained and certified with over six (6) years of experience as specialists in the pest control field. We do not advocate or provide seasonal labor or “college kids” to provide applications in or around your family or home.

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How dangerous are carpenter bees?

Carpenter bees are large and very intimidating when you see them flying around. They have attracted to sugars such as sweet drinks. One surprising trait of carpenter bees is that they very rarely bite or sting. If they are cornered like sat on or grabbed in your hand, they will sting, and make no mistake, and it can be very painful. Carpenter bee attacks will result in very large swelling, and you should seek urgent care or a physician if you have an encounter with a carpenter bee.

After carpenter bee extermination, will I see them?

We can get rid of carpenter bees nesting sites and eliminate most of the population. Unfortunately, we can’t get rid of them in the air. If you live around an area with a high population, we will encourage you to hire a company that agrees to maintain your property. This will ensure that our preventative and carpenter bee pest control processes are successful.

Is it okay to kill carpenter bees?

Many customers are concerned about killing honey bees, and this is another important question. The types of products used are very important for this process. Other companies use products that will hurt other types of bee populations, and we focus specifically on Eco-Friendly treatments.

Are the materials you are placing in my dwelling harmful in any way to my family or my pet’s health?

Our treatments are in no way harmful to the health of anyone in your dwelling. Our pest applications are meant to eliminate pest-specific problems without any harmful side effects to you or your pet’s health. We follow our Eco-Friendly program, and you can refer to your technician for further questions. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your local office. They will be glad to assist you.

Do we have to stay out of treated areas?

We usually recommend staying out of a treated area for a few hours. Although the materials will dry in under an hour, active bees returning to nesting sites will find they cannot return and could become aggressive. Bees, in general, will feel threatened, and although we can get rid of nesting sites, bees returning after a day’s forage will stay around until finally flying off to find new habitat.

You can also use the onsite chat feature, Free Pest Inspection form on this page, or our online contact form to get in touch with us. Whatever your pest control need, we are happy to help you eliminate it.

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