Pests That Threaten Your Home

pestsSpring and Summer are the times when most insects are active. This is also the season in which they look for homes or dens. Carpenter bees, termites, carpenter ants, moths, and beetles can do lots of damage to your home if you don’t take the correct precautions to keep them away.¬†Insects are resilient to say the least. Most have been around since the Jurassic or Triassic Period so they definitely know how to survive. Let’s take a look at a couple of these pests and see how to effectively keep them at bay.

The carpenter bee is a large, shiny, compact black colored bee. Some have yellow markings on their heads. Often carpenter bees are confused with bumblebees. Bumblebees do not have the shiny body like the carpenter bee. These bees tunnel into wood, making a nest. They do not eat the wood, but discard the bits of unused wood. These funnels are used as a nursery for eggs. They can destroy wood by leaving permanent holes that take away from outdoor wood surfaces.

There are several ways to get rid of carpenter bees. Using available spray pesticides such as Carbaryl dust or Sevin and also Boric acid are very effective.¬†Another technique is actually spraying petrol or diesel on each burrow. This has been used for many years and it is effective, but can damage the wood you spray. You must also be cautious when spraying it. Don’t breathe it into your lungs. You should also wear gloves to keep it off your skin.

Another technique is make a lot of noise. Carpenter bees are sensitive to noise or at least the vibrations. This may encourage them to leave. This strategy is free and safe and hassle free. Another way to prevent carpenter bees from taking up residence is to paint or stain your outdoor wood. They prefer untreated wood. You can also spray areas bees are interested in with citrus or tea tree oil. Carpenter bees have a natural dislike to citrus oil. You can also call a professional exterminator. Exterminators know what to do and can also plug burrows to keep carpenter bees from returning.

carpenter beesAnother pests that does enormous damage each year is the termite. Termites are detritivores, meaning they consume dead plants. Anywhere you find wood and soil meeting is a good place for termites to begin there invasion. Termites make a habit of staying concealed when attacking wood therefore causing tremendous damage. Annual damage cost in the United States alone is over 1.5 billion dollars. Termites cause damage quickly. Things to look for that could indicate your have a termite infestation include sagging floors and ceilings and dust piles. Damage can be structural in nature.