With today’s log homes becoming more primary residences for owners, it’s no surprise that there has been heightened awareness towards pest control and preserving log homes. There are many log home owners that choose to contact pest control companies like Kansas City Pest Control when they discover an infestation, as opposed to pre-treating. We highly, highly recommend borate treatments to our customers and when we detail the number and type of pests that plague logs, we believe that you’ll agree!
Here are a few log home pests to watch out for!
Anobiid Beetles: These beetles typically infest exterior log surfaces, but interior infestations can occur, especially in newer log homes. They thrive in moist environments so eliminating moisture is crucial to controlling them. The structural damage from an anobiid beetle generally comes from years of activity, causing these beetles to be more of a nuisance. Anobiid beetle damage generally presents itself as water infiltrating the holes, thus causing rot.
Carpenter Bees: These issues are mainly associated with Western Cedar log homes. Borates alone are not effective in eliminating or discouraging these bees, so log home owners must take other measures, such as topical pesticides. These bees are typically attracted to existing holes, so keeping up on caulking or puttying holes reduces the likelihood that you’ll have issues with carpenter bees.
Drywood Termites: Log homes are as much at risk for drywood termites as a conventionally constructed home. These infestations typically begin with any spots or gaps between the wood so they should be inspected regularly.
These are just a few of the many pests that can plague your log home, and will, if you leave it unprotected. Next time, we’ll discuss options for pest prevention and treatment for homes that will not only leave your homes pest free, but it will leave them gorgeous for many years to come! If you suffer from bed bugs in your home, click here for pest control services.