The following are some key factors that affect bee removal pricing.
Type of Bee
One cost factor is the type of bee infesting your property. Each bee type nests and behaves differently, and some species build much larger colonies. Some of the most common types of bees include the following:
Bumble bees: Bumble bees are fuzzy and large with black and white stripes and stubby wings, growing just a little more than one inch long. They build nests close to the ground, often under piles of wood and compost. Occasionally, they establish nests below the ground in tunnels that rodents have created and abandoned. Most bumble bee hives have several hundred individual bees.
Male bumble bees do not have stingers. Females have stingers but sting only if provoked. Unlike honey bees, whose stingers come off after an attack, bumble bees can sting multiple times without losing their stingers.
Carpenter bees: Carpenter bees look similar to bumble bees but have hairless abdomens that are black and shiny. These bees live in parks, fields, and homes with gardens, decks, and sheds. Unlike bumble bees and honey bees, carpenter bees bore holes inside wood to lay eggs. They are not social creatures and do not live in colonies.
Female carpenter bees may sting when threatened or provoked.
Honey bees: Honey bees are much smaller than bumble bees at 1/2 to 5/8 inch long. They build nests in areas such as hollowed-out logs, trees, and fence posts. Honey bee colonies are much larger than bumble bee colonies, with anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 bees in one hive.
Honey bees sting when threatened. When they sting a person, their barbed stinger gets trapped under the person’s skin. The honey bee cannot pull it back out and dies shortly after.
The severity of your bee infestation is another cost factor. Whether the pest control company suggests extermination or live bee removal, either method will require a more intensive effort for large bee colonies. Severe carpenter bee infestations are notorious for damaging decks, soffits, and fascia boards. For this, you should anticipate repair costs in addition to pest removal costs.
The type of removal service needed will also impact pricing. If a pest control company identifies bumble bees or honey bees as the infestation source, the technician will typically not exterminate them. Instead, the company will contact or have you contact local beekeepers to safely remove the hive from your property. Bee swarm removal services are typically cheaper, involving removing a group of bees without an existing hive.
For carpenter bees, your pest control specialist may take a different approach. These bees are destructive and often require extermination and preventive treatments to protect your home.