Save Your Log Home From Carpenter Bees
If you own a log house and have noticed carpenter bee holes on the outside of your house, then you need to act fast. While it might not look like much from the outside, inside, your logs are being chewed apart. The carpenter bees eat the wood and create a maze work of tunnels in your logs. Over time this hollows out the logs. In addition to doing damage themselves, the presence of carpenter bees can attract woodpeckers that want to eat the bees. So you will have woodpeckers sitting on the face of your log house and tapping into the logs to get to the bees, doing extensive damage.
In order to fix the situation you need to contact a pest control company that specializes in carpenter bee treatment. This is how they will fix the problem.
Administer Insecticide Into The Tunnels
The first step is to kill the bees that are inside the logs. In order to do this, the pest control experts use special flexible devices that can be inserted into the holes and bent to follow the path of the tunnels. The holes don't go straight back into the logs, but instead the travel left of right, so this flexible tool is vital for reaching deep into the tunnels at an angle.
The insecticide is administered over several days. This is to ensure that no bees survive the initial spraying. It's important that all bees be killed before the holes are plugged up. If the holes are plugged up and bees are left inside, they will continue to tunnel through the logs and eventually bore a fresh hole somewhere else on the log.
Once the experts are satisfied that all of the bees are dead, they will administer a final dusting of poison and then move on to the next step.
Seal The Holes
The next step is to seal the holes. Instead of using caulk, the better solution is to use small wood plugs. There are even small plugs that are manufactured to the size of hole that carpenter bees make. Once the plugs are tapped into place with a hammer then they can be stained to match the exterior color of your home.
If a woodpecker has been around, then wood putty must be used. Woodpeckers do severe damage and a small, circular plug won't do the job. The wood putty must be sculpted in to fill in the spot where the woodpecker damaged the wood. This will involve laying in the putty, letting it dry, and then sanding it smooth.
Apply Insect Repellent To The Stain
In order to keep bees away in the future, a chemical repellent needs to be mixed in with fresh stain and painted onto your logs. This should be done over the entire surface of the home, not only in the spots where there were holes. The chemical repellent will fade after a couple of years, so it will need to be reapplied. This will ensure that the bees steer clear of your logs and you don't have to deal with those pesky woodpeckers looking for a bee snack. Contact a pest control company for more information.