Similar to that of a bumble bee, carpenter bees can be potentially damaging to a home. They are notorious for burrowing tunnels inside wood or siding to create a small nest. These nests can significantly weakened the wood of a structure or leave unsightly holes on building surfaces. Typically undecayed wood is what the carpenter bees select for nest locations. Typically, they stay away from harder woods and like types such as white pine, ash, cypress, fir, cedar or redwood.
Prevention with carpenter bees is the best approach to pest control in a home. It is best that the exterior of a home is contracted using hardwoods or Cement-Fiber that are not usually attacked. On an older home, fill any cracks or depressions in wood. Also, paint or varnish any surfaces that will reduce weathering and the chance of carpenter bee nests. Also fill any unoccupied holes with steel wool or caulk.
A professional home inspector or pest control contractor can thoroughly inspect a home for any potential places carpenter bees may infiltrate or already have. By taking the time to protect your home, you ensure its security and functionality for a longer period of time and offer a safe place for yourself and your family.