Maintaining a house is no mean feat. It involves repairing broken windows, doors, and even leaking faucets. An even more important aspect of maintaining your house is being on the lookout for pesky pests. Pests come in all shapes and sizes. From rats to insects, pests can cause serious damage to your home, damage that could end up decreasing the value of your home. The damage can extend from dry wall damage to shaking the very structures that make up your house. Typically, this type of damage is not covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy, so be on the lookout so that you are on the safe side. Below we discuss a few pests that you should get.

Carpenter bees

Carpenter Bees

Despite there being more than five hundred species in the world, these bees are very easy to spot. They look like normal honey bee, though are slightly larger and have shiny abdomens. They are also less aggressive compared to the honey bee. Another difference between this species and the honey bee is that they occur alone unlike the latter which occur in colonies.

Destructive tendencies

The female bee makes holes in wood where it buries its newly laid eggs. Hence, anything made of wood in your house can be destroyed by this pest. From lawn furniture to decks to rail sidings, it is only a matter of time before your property gets very deep holes. Log houses are especially at risk and they can be brought down easily by these insects. While there are varying methods of handling such infestation, we advocate for the the most human methods like carpenter bee traps.

Carpenter bees damages

How to prevent carpenter bee from entering your house

Coat all your wooden surfaces with a layer of vanish

Vanish repels bees to a small extend. Determined carpenter bees will still make a hole even with vanish spread on it. However, ensure all your wooden surfaces are properly vanished.This is a non-toxic way of keeping these insects at bay.

Use hardwood for your lawn furniture

Carpenter bees generally drill holes in softer types of wood such as pine, cypress, redwood or cedar. Consider making your swing sets and fence posts with hardwood. If your swing sets and fenceposts are already made of soft wood, consider treating them.

Seals all holes

Cracks and holes in your ceiling or furniture are very attractive for the insects. Hence, filling all holes will prevent them from easily getting into your wood. Caulking is great filler as is putty.