Many homeowners report an increase in indoor and outdoor pests starting in late spring and early summer. Two critters you should be on the lookout for are carpenter bees and carpenter ants. This is especially the case if you own a wooden deck or fence. Boring insects appear during this time of year and can cause structural damage.
Carpenter bees aren’t too dangerous; the males don’t have stingers and females only attack if touched. The bees will bore into just about any wooden structure and bore about an inch into the wood every week. The damage is mainly aesthetic, but if left alone, successive generations can settle in the same area and bore even deeper into the hole, undermining the wood’s strength. In addition, the bees tend to cause fecal staining just below the hole, creating a major eyesore.
Carpenter bees also draw woodpeckers. While this is a lovely bird to observe, they will peck at your wood to get to the bees for a nice midday snack.
Carpenter ants are often confused with termites due to the striking resemblance. The former is attracted to moisture, and circumstances like a leaky roof can draw their presence. If you spot ants indoors in groups of 20 or more, then you likely have an indoor infestation. If you just see a few here and there, then they may be foraging from an outdoor nest. The nest in this case may well be in your wooden deck or fence.
We’re not a pest control company. If you see signs of an infestation, then call a local exterminator. Allied Construction, however, can upgrade your deck and/or fence with better material. Composite deck boards and fence posts are bore-proof. If you prefer wood, our wooden boards and posts are sealed and treated to prevent boring insects from penetrating.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Quality roofing, decking and fencing services since 1982 in Bellevue, Bothell,
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