Carpenter bees can be damaging to your home and annoying to your guests. These slightly-smaller cousins of the bumble bee hover around soffits and other sheltered areas looking for soft wood to burrow into. They will dig tunnels into your house and dispose of the shavings in unsightly splatters on your siding. To make matters worse, woodpeckers have the tool necessary to search for and open up these burrows. Give your local exterminator a call to take care of the bees then give Family Tree and Home a call to fix the damage.
The good news (sort of) is that the damage caused by carpenter bees and woodpeckers is easy to see. The bees will dig entry holes about the size of a dime and woodpeckers may open them up into long troughs. The best way to repair the damage is to replace the wood piece completely. This will remove the habitat, bees and all. To prevent the bees from returning, many exterminators recommend painting with a few coats of quality latex-based exterior paint to form a barrier. Stains won’t cut it here. Ask your exterminator for recommendations unique to your home.