Enjoy this video explaining where to look for carpenter bees, and if you would rather just read the transcription and not watch the video I have included it in the video.
You want to be looking for carpenter bee holes where are they going. You want to find a map. Okay well the obvious ones are easy. So first let’s just address all the ones that you normally will see such as the edges of fascia boards. Inside the lip behind fascia boards you’re really looking for the signs of carpenter bees drilling. The sawdust drifting down and the frats,which is just a fancy name for be poop, it’s that yellow green bright stuff that will spray against the wall or down on your deck. If you see that, there’s a hole guaranteed, but sometimes it can really throw you. We’ve seen it for instance underneath a porch swing and we couldn’t figure out where it was coming from until we finally got down on our back underneath the porch swing, and realized that it was a bee drilling up into the support timber of the swing.
Here’s a checklist of some places that when our technicians go out they look for. We want to make sure they don’t miss anything. It’s important to be thorough so we check all the Fascia boards, especially where the drip edge comes down over the edge of the fascia board and there’s a little bit of protection. They like to drill up in there. They also know that woodpeckers can drill through the metal part and tend to angle up in and under the driven.
Now going on the same fascia board the very bottom edge of course is going to be easy to find if there’s good lighting, but if you’re looking up into a tall gable you might need to get a really bright flashlight like we do. Run the beam down the edge of the fascia board to spot the holes. Now while you’re on the fascia board put your back against the wall, get your flashlight, look straight up and check the back edge of the fascia board. Sometimes you have to feel along there if you’re using a dust stick. Or if you’re on a ladder you may actually have to feel with a little stick or a pan like I’ve got on my hand and run it along there. See if it stops and goes in a hole somewhere.
To be able to find it on you’re soffits, if you have russell and plywood or something like that, just know they’re not going to drill into it. But if you have wood which is very common here around Ellijay and Blue Ridge they love to get into little angles and directly in the face of the soffits if it’s well protected from weather and wind. Most importantly we find it’s warm all the time because the heat from the sun warms up the roof and warms up the soffit.
Now going on a little bit further here are some areas that you might not think about. Behind your downspouts coming down the wall if you have debug logs or siding, or you just any other small kind of gap. They can drip and they’ll go directly behind the downspout and drill up in and behind the gutters, and the new screw. Gutter fasteners tend to lift the gutter away a little bit from the fascia board and there’s a gap right there. They will go up behind there an inch or so and then drill in, so you have to be really keen-eyed. You kind of look up in there and find them on the backside of your chimney. If you have a wooden chimney chase up on the roof they love that radiant heat from your roof. It is a place that you can’t see very easy.
Also side walls,dormers and anywhere the heat is going to be keeping that siding warm over the wintertime. One of their favorites is a shed dormer, so along the wall across the whole distance of your house. The heat reflecting from that metal roof will keep that whole wall nice and toasty and warm and so check it very, very carefully. Especially the back sides of the fascia boards.
That’s just a partial list but this will get you started on being thorough and treating and filling your property’s holes.
Published on Mar 16, 2017