Treating Holes drilled by Carpenter Bees
You should treat and plug all the carpenter bees holes that you can reach. There are different ways of treating these holes as it depends on the time of the year that they are applied. The methods to be used must also put into consideration whether the bees are present in the holes or not. If the female bee will be drilling, then you ought to spray into the hole some contact pesticide like WD-40, hornet and wasp spray. This will make the bee back out and then die. After it dies you should fill the hole using energy seal or some wood putty. The hole ought to be treated even when it looks empty as the carpenter bee can come back and drill it again. If the bee is not inside then the same action of spraying environmental friendly pesticide in it and sealing it off ought to be carried out.
Preventing Carpenter Bees
These bees usually prefer attacking bare wood but there are also instances where they attack stained wood. They rarely attack painted wood surfaces as they do not recognize it to be wood. Therefore you should use a gloss topcoat on your wood to make it unable for them to drill. You can also spray pesticides that have deltamethrin or cypermethrin onto wood surfaces to keep off these bees. However, this spraying ought to be done severally in a year as they are effective for a few months. Ensure that you adhere to all precautions and directions for using the pesticides.
Termites are another type of common pests found in homes. They are referred to as “silent destroyers” as they can be able to thrive and hide secretly in your home without showing any signs of any immediate damage. They usually consume plant materials that are cellulose-based. This makes every home regardless of its construction type, a target for the termites as they can provide them with cellulose food. They are detritus feeders or detritivores meaning that they feed on dead trees and plants which include wood and also the wood found inside the soil. Their mouth is adapted to tearing woody material into pieces. This habit enables them to cause some costly damage as they can attack the foundation of the house, shelves, furniture or even books and documents.
How to Treat/Prevent Termites
Small steps usually count a lot in termite prevention. You should ensure that you eliminate moisture conditions as well as sources of termite food as much as possible. This makes your home to be a less attractive termite’s target. Ensure that you repair all forms of water leaks and also keep firewood, paper or lumber away from the house’s crawlspace and foundation. Ensure you are on the lookout of termite infestation in order to take preventive steps early. You can make use of beneficial nematodes from your garden supply stores to get rid of them naturally. You could also ensure that you expose your furniture to sunlight every now and then. In case the infestation is huge, call for professional assistance.