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Are woodpeckers eating your home?

What do you think when you picture a woodpecker? Is it Woody Woodpecker, the cute cartoon character that you grew up on? The source of loud, unseen noises emanating from the woods? Or the guys eating away at your home’s wood siding and becoming such a nuisance that they are the bane of your existence and make you flat out consider moving? Sure, you can try and put some metal nets all around the affected areas, but to some this could be considered unsightly. You could also put some tin foil, small mirrors, or other shiny objects like ribbons near the home since woodpeckers hate them. Or, you could sit outside with a shotgun in a lawn chair with your choice of beverage and wait for one of those suckers to try to pull a fast one on you. Not this time Woody…Hopefully not the latter since it could involve violating all sorts of federal and state laws, or cause a disturbance with neighbors if you aren’t living in a remote area. Who wants a shotgun blast waking them up at 9 am? Nobody.

However, the problem could be caused by something much smaller than our dear friend Woody. Woodpeckers are attracted to small sounds, such as…carpenter bee larvae! Carpenter bees and woodpeckers go along like PB&J, Batman & Robin, Scooby and Shaggy, Adam Sandler and semi-funny comedy movies that we may secretly like but make fun of in public since everybody does it, and, as a PSA… ear plugs and live music. Seriously, please do it. No one wants tinnitus. Mawp. Back to the carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are those bumblebee lookalikes that fly around pollinating and then fly on up to your wooden eaves and start boring holes in them. Perfect, circular, dime-sized holes that once they get in about an inch deep just turn at a right angle and keep on tunneling. A key sign of their presence is the wooden wax that drips down onto the side of the house. The remains of their initial tunneling activity. The second key sign is the pecking along the tunneling of the wood that the woodpeckers leave when they start trying to eat the larvae inside. No fun. Some companies just plug the holes and put some treatment in the affected holes/tunnels. The issue with this method is that the female is likely still in the hole since the male is the one that guards the nest even though they don’t usually sting. Greenix proposes a more thorough option so that we can stop carpenter bees and their annoying partner in their tracks.

The Greenix method relies on, firstly, puffing dust into the holes and in all areas of the wood that have been eaten away or exposed. This is organic dust that kills any larvae and will prevent any reentry from carpenter bees or pecking from woodpeckers. However, just treating the currently active or affected areas isn’t going to totally stop them. Because it’s not that hard to just move on down the eave or siding and the boring and pecking begins anew…back to square one. So, secondly, we treat all the other wood around the active holes which forms a protective sealant that no bee, and therefore no woodpecker, will want any part of. Like other Greenix services, this runs throughout the carpenter bees most active seasons from spring to fall and is monthly since neither of us want those suckers to come back again. Sayonara Woody.

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