It’s that time of year when the creepy crawly things come out in droves. And while some, like butterflies and ladybugs, can be fun – others, like bees, can make our lives miserable.
We know we need them, but in spite of their amazing honey-producing skills, we can’t let them cozy up in our homes where they can become a danger to us, our families and even guests who stop by for a Sunday barbecue and get more than they bargained for.
If you’re suddenly seeing a surge in bee population around your home, your siding could be the culprit.
The Problem With Siding
It makes sense that if you have relatively modern siding that you’d expect not to have this problem. But if you’re living in a newly constructed house – or even one that was constructed within the last 20 years – you may discover that many builders don’t cover the fascia trim, which leaves plenty of room for our buzzing friends to get beneath and begin making themselves at home.
But modern or not, if you have wood siding as opposed to vinyl or some less bee-friendly material, your house is a palace for wood boring bees.
Once they burrow under trims and into siding, it’s not uncommon for them to bring an entirely different set of problems…
The Birds And The Bees… But Not As Much Fun
One of the side effects of having bees living in the walls of your home – other than the obvious hassle and danger of stings – is that bees lay eggs. And when those eggs begin to mature, they make a lovely meal for woodpeckers.
If you have wood siding this is a nightmare all its own. Not only in the noise but in the destruction of your house.
What’s A Homeowner To Do?
You can try to spray or remove hives but inevitably if you’ve got an attractive nesting spot, the bees with return.
Your best bet is to begin by closing all gaps between fascia and siding. Without a space to nestle, bees will be forced to look elsewhere.
Cover exposed wood with aluminum trim covering, not only to keep bees out of gaps but to create an unfriendly environment for those wood boring bees.
If you have wood siding, it might be time to consider switching to a different material. That is a heartbreaking thought for many homeowners who love the look of cedar siding, but the good news is that modern vinyl shake siding can give you a similar aesthetic without the headaches of wood.
Vinyl shake siding is bee and termite resistant, resistant to fungus and is available in a great variety of colors and patterns so you can find something that fits your style.
The woodpeckers may not be thrilled – but you will be!
If you’ve got bee trouble and think your siding is to blame, let us know. Or if you’re just thinking about switching to a more durable and easier maintenance siding, we can help. Give us a call at 732.264.8166 or contact us right through our site and we’ll take a look at your home and give you our best advice and a free estimate.