Signs Your Siding Has Insect Damage
Insects can be a nuisance under any circumstances, but they’re more than just a minor inconvenience when it comes to your home, especially your siding. When contractors are building modern homes, one of the most important considerations they make is the insect resistance of their siding choice.
Unfortunately, many older homes were not built using insect-resistant siding. Since your home’s siding is its first line of defense against the elements, it’s important to address compromised siding as soon as possible.
In this post from Budget Exteriors, we’ll break down key signs that your siding has been damaged by insects. Contact our vinyl siding contractors to learn about replacement siding options for your Twin Cities home today!
Insects that Damage Siding
Wood siding, even engineered wood siding, is the most vulnerable type of siding material when it comes to insects. There are a number of insects that can cause damage to wood siding.
These are some of the most common:
● Termites: Termites are usually the first insect homeowners think of when they’re thinking of wood-boring insects. One of the problems with termites is that the true depth of the damage they’ve caused can go far beyond what’s visible at first.
● Carpenter Bees: As their name indicates, carpenter bees love working with wood. Specifically, they love boring into it. Look for carpenter bees on the underside of overhangs and on soffit and fascia.
● Hornets: Hornets use wood they’ve chewed to create pulp used in building their homes. They can be found inside wall voids and under eaves recycling your wood siding into their own domicile.
● Yellowjackets: Yellowjackets get behind siding in cooler climates so they have a comfortable place to survive long after summer ends.
● Paper Wasps: Paper wasps can be found in door frames and under eaves, soffits, and windows. They transform wood siding into the paper used to build their nests.
● Wasps: Wasps tend to find their way into siding gaps you didn’t know you had. Once they’ve found a place to build their home, they begin creating a hive from wood fibers they chew.
Signs of Insects
Not all insect damage is easily identifiable to homeowners. However, any of these signs indicate an infestation:
● Siding deterioration
● Bubbling and cracked paint
● Mud tubes on siding
● Insect wings
● Hollow-sounding wood
Twin Cities Siding Installation Contractor
If your siding has been damaged by wood-boring insects, it’s time for professional siding replacement. At Budget Exteriors, we can install quality vinyl siding that’s resistant to insect infestations. To speak with our siding contractors and learn about siding options for your home, give us a call at 952.887.1613 or contact us online for your free quote today.