Posted on: 24 March 2015
With the warmer days of spring finally here, now's a great time to do a little spring cleaning, landscaping, and home maintenance. If you live in a region of the country where carpenter bees are a common pest during the early months of spring. However, this might also be a good time to take the steps necessary to protect your home.
Knowing how to prevent carpenter bees and how to get rid of an infestation will save you a great deal of time and frustration as spring turns to summer.
Seal Your Exterior Wood
One of the best ways to prevent carpenter bees from boring into the wood on your property is to seal it. After all, while carpenter bees generally have no problem when it comes to boring through exposed, untreated wood, they typically cannot or will not attempt to nest inside of treated wood. Therefore, be sure that you take the time to stain and seal all outdoor wooden structures:
- children's playscapes
- landscaping planters
- wooden patio furniture
Furthermore, understand that you'll need to re-seal your exterior wood every few years to ensure maximum protection.
Look For Signs of Nests
Even if you've taken the proper steps to prevent carpenter bee infestations on your property, it's important to be aware of the common signs of an infestation or nest. Specifically, understand that carpenter bees tend to bore holes about the diameter of a marker into wooden structures.
They then build their nests inside of the wood. Therefore, you'll want to be on the lookout for unexplained holes in the wood around your house--especially if you find piles of what appears to be sawdust around these areas.
Pick Up Some Steel Wool
If you do find some carpenter bee nests on your property, you'll need to know how to take care of them. Typically, you'll want to start by killing off the bees inside the nest with a pest control spray. Once you're sure there are no bees remaining, fill the hole with pieces of steel wool (this will prevent bees from boring back into the same spot) and cover with a wood filler.
Alternatively, you can contact a professional pest control service to take care of the problem for you--especially if you're allergic to bee stings. The last thing you want is to end up injured as a result of trying to eradicate a carpenter bee problem on your own. To learn more, contact a company like Aardvark Pest Control with any questions or concerns you have.Share