As our month on Carpenter Bees comes to a close it is important to note how infestations can be prevented without the use of insecticides. Here are some tips for your next home improvement project:
– When adding or replacing wood on the exterior of structures choose a hardwood. Hardwoods come from broadleaf trees such as oak, ash and beech trees. Carpenter bees normally do not attack this type of wood. Better yet, choose vinyl or other man made products over wood.
– Avoid the use of softwoods such as pine, cedar, and fir outside. Even dead wood on trees and branches on your property make a great home for these bees.
– Try to clean up all dead/decaying wood if you do not like the bee’s presence on your property.
– If repairing wood, fill cracks and depressions so that they are less attractive to carpenter bees.
– Exterior exposed wood such as decks, fences, sheds, and wood trim should be painted or varnished regularly. This helps to reduce weathering and the appeal of the wood to carpenter bees.
– Protect ends or rough areas of timber with wire screening or metal flashing as even the ends can be attractive.
Don’t hesitate to call a pest professional if you experience an infestation of carpenter bees. Hoffman’s will provide you with a free inspection and estimate to get the job done right for you. Give us a call or send us an email today!