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Question:


We are considering buying a 25 year old log home that has had no outside treatments in 20 years. We could hear wood bores in the logs and there are carpenter bees. How bad do these insects damage inside the logs?

Answer:

Normally these bugs do not hurt the logs structurally, but they are a nuisance. The house should be corn cob blasted and have a borate treatment applied and then stained again. Call Mike at 866-670-3020 for help with the cost of this project.

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Posted By Julia
2/19/2007
Carpenter bees aren't necessarily the problem...it is the woodpeckers which are attracted by the humming and buzzing of the bees inside the log. These protected birds have torn our log cabin up and I'm now trying to find out how to patch the foot-long swaths of chewed up log. We have since treated the logs with borax, then had it sealed. We have not seen the bees or woodpeckers return. Our exterminator told us that carpenter bees stay within a 25 ft radius of where they are born, so if you have them now, you will always have them.