We get asked all the time what our carpenter bee treatment includes, and how does it work. I’ve put this video together so you can get a detailed description of the way we do our treatments, and hopefully feel a little more confident about taking this important step.
If you don’t like to watch video’s, here’s a close transcript of what I’m saying.
First of all, for a flat rate of $350, we’re going to come out to your house and find every carpenter bee hole and treat it with dust. We typically use diatomaceous earth, which is a very non toxic because it’s made from the exoskeletons of microbes that were very deep in the ocean billions of years ago. The exoskeletons are very sharp on a microscopic level, and it basically dehydrates the bees over the next couple days after they come in contact with it.
So we will treat every single hole by blowing that dust deep into the galleries to dehydrate the bees in the nest.
Most folks as us, “How are you going to reach this I’ve got a 40-foot wall on the back?”
Now we know every house here in Georgia has got a high side, and it’s difficult to get to! Our dust sticks are hollow poles that go a minimum of 20 feet and we use a plunger on the bottom to blow air through them and distribute the dust into the hole. So there’s no issue with us being able to get on ladders and then also reach another 20 feet to reach the holes and get the dust into them. We also use high-powered flashlights when necessary to be able to see the soffits that are against bright sunlight so we can be thorough.
What about spraying pesticides to kill the carpenter bees?
We used to offer an organic spray for the eaves and such, but to be perfectly honest with you we found that without using a really really strong pesticide solution, which we’re not licensed for applying to other people houses, the sprays don’t work well. The organic sprays that are out there kind of make people feel good, and they smell good but they don’t do a whole lot for doing away with carpenter bees. We’ve actually seen them land on the the liquid right after we sprayed it so in interest of being up front and honest with people and just doing what’s really effective, and critical to controlling the carpenter bees, we don’t do the sprays anymore.
The important thing to remember is when doing this standard treatment, is that we’re going to leave those holes open at first after we dust them.
We have found if we fill them right then, yes the bees that are in the holes at that moment will die but how about the ones that are out pollinating flowers or reproducing? That could be fifty percent of the carpenter bees nesting in your house are out flying around during the day. What are they going to do when they come back and the hole is plugged?
Bees are going to need to drill a new hole and so there’s not very much control there. They will get to work immediately drilling new holes.
However, if we leave the holes open the next 10 bees go in that hole are going to get into the dust and it’s going to dehydrate them and they’re going to die. So if you are just going to treat and fill, then at a very minimum there needs to be a one or two week period after we first treat, before we come back and fill any holes.
Again, this is just our standard treatment that we have great success with controlling and slowing down the carpenter bees. We offer an advanced treatment program that we’ll get into more detail in another video.