Cleveland exterminators nail carpenter bees and ants
With a young child, pets and no screens, Euclid member Nicole Capuana expected to see the occasional bug in her home. But when carpenter ants appeared in the kitchen and her son’s bed, Capuana decided to take action.
She called highly rated Hoban Pest Control of Avon Lake to eradicate the ants, which required three trips. At each visit for the $120 treatment, the Cleveland exterminator found a new nest — on the windowsill in her son’s bedroom, in a dead tree in her neighbor’s yard and outside the second-story sun porch. “I’d open up the dishwasher, and they’d be [inside],” Capuana says. “It was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think this seems right.’”
The warmer nights of May lure nocturnal insects like carpenter ants out of their nests, local experts say. “The heat escalates the mobility or traveling from point A to point B,” says John Lewis, owner of highly rated Lewis Exterminating in Cleveland. May is the time to treat bees, ants and other insects. Carpenter bees and ants prove more than a nuisance for some homeowners because they build nests in wood, causing damage. “The nests can be there for years,” Hoban Pest owner Dave Hoban says. “The nests don’t die off, but they will go dormant.”
The cost to exterminate the insects after they emerge from dormancy varies depending on the size of the home and the infestation. Hoban charges about $195 for a one-time carpenter ant extermination. Bee removal starts at $85, depending on the location of the nest, Hoban says. Exterminators offer maintenance plans for homeowners with severe problems or those who prefer to stay pest free year round. Quarterly service runs about $95 and up, he says. Lewis Exterminating charges $199 to $225 to treat carpenter ants for a typical three-bedroom home. A monthly or bimonthly insect treatment plan can cost $75 to $80. For those who want to avoid chemical sprays, Lewis treats ants with an ingestible bait, but says that’s less effective. “It’s real hard to get rid of ants without using chemicals at all,” Lewis says.
Three years ago, carpenter bees made it difficult for Avon Lake member Debbie Goodfellow to enjoy her deck. The bees made a home on the wood deck, wood pile and other wood structures on her property. “We’d be outside swimming or we’d be having dinner on the deck, and you’d have all these bees come flying by,” says Goodfellow, who pays about $150 for a quarterly plan through Hoban. “[Carpenter bees] love decks — the railing, the posts,” Lewis says. “They can get relatively aggressive and they breed rather rapidly.”
Besides treatment, Jacqueline Kowalski, horticultural educator at Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County, advises homeowners to seal gaps around windows, doors and exhaust vents, remove stagnant water outside and fix leaky faucets or drains under sinks to decrease the chances of insect infestation. Kowalski recommends planting flowers and shrubs at least a foot from a house because plants that abut a house create an invitation for insects to come inside. “It’s like an open door,” Kowalski says. “They just walk right in.”