If you are a property owner, you may never have thought about pests invading your home. But this is a real threat. Pests are known to cause severe damage to underlying structures of houses, wooden components of your house as well as your furniture. The biggest culprits are carpenter bees, termites, moths, beetles as well as carpenter ants. These should be controlled immediately as they can ultimately ruin your home. So if you have spotted a suspicious insect in your home, consider getting some help to rein them in. Below we discuss a few pests and how to manage them.
Carpenter bees are a larger version of the bumble bee and can be spotted by their shiny abdomens. They commonly occur alone and not in groups like the honey bee. When compared to the honey bee, they are less likely to sting. The female carpenter bee is known to sting, however. Males only buzz when faced with a threat. Over five hundred species of the carpenter bee exist around the world. They are referred to as carpenter bees because the female creates holes in wood to bury its eggs.
Damage caused by carpenter bees
Carpenter bees drill holes in wood. Therefore, anything made of wood in your house is under threat when these pests are around. Anything from window frames to your deck, siding and even lawn furniture can have holes of depths of half an inch to four feet when invaded by these insects. Typically, your insurance will not cover the cost of repair. Hence, these pests can severely decrease the value of your home.
If you own one of those log homes, you are even in more danger as with a bit of time carpenter bees can bring your house to the ground. They also pose a serious threat to barns and sheds on your property. And it doesn’t matter whether the wood is painted or not, carpenter bees go for both. If you or someone you know is experiencing such infestation, contact the nearest pest control company and request the use of carpenter bee traps as a safe method of getting rid of your problem.
How to prevent carpenter bee infestation
Seal all holes in wood
Carpenter bees usually begin drilling wood from a crack or crevice. Therefore, if your wood has these, it could be inviting bees to your home. Hence, you should seal them.
Spray wood just before fall
These bees typically infest homes during the fall. So it would be wise to spray your wooden surfaces with pesticides before the fall season begins. Applying some vanish can will also keep them at bay.
How to manage carpenter bee infestation
Apply insecticide to the affected area
Use a puffer to get the eco-friendly insecticide into the holes. This will ensure that the bees come into contact with the insecticide as they are crawling out. Consider doing this at night as the bees are less active at this time. It would be wise however to get a fumigator do this for you, remember the female bee stings.
Apply boric acid powder in the affected area
Boric acid has been known to drive bees effectively away. Get the powder and pour into the holes.
Use almond oil
The smell of almond oil will drive carpenter bees nuts making them scamper away to safety. It is also an inexpensive and environmentally friendly option. About four months is required to chase effectively bees away using this remedy.
Stuff holes with steel wool
Bees are unable to bury through the wool, and they will be effectively trapped and exterminated.
Use Citrus spray
This is a convenient remedy that can be prepared at home using citrus fruits. Steep the fruits into some hot water for some time. Spray the resulting concoction into the affected areas. This will drive the bees away.
Bees hate noise. If you are looking for an easy way to get rid of them, just put a sound box next to the holes. They will be forced to move away.