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"We bought our log cabin four years ago. It was a total wreck from years of neglect - carpenter ants/bees, water damage/staining from leaking roof and skylights, etc. But it was six beautiful acres with a private lake one hour from the city... Before we made the decision to tear the house down and start over, we met Ian and his team.

They literally "camped out" in the house for six weeks and totally stripped/stained and resealed the entire house! Four bedrooms, two full baths, great room, kitchen, hallways and the entire outside- including a wrap around deck- was refurbished and protected. And Ian has stayed in touch every year. He just checked on us and this past summer re-sealed the home’s exterior.

The house is our weekend refuge from our insanely, busy workweek. We are there almost every Friday night. The stress just melts away as we pull onto our road and see the perfect house up on the hill overlooking our lake. It's great to know we have someone like Ian if we have any issues. He's always reachable and does a great job!"

Judith Sampson

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Carpenter Bees can bore into wood and damage log homes.

Log Home Insect Damage

Owners of log home sometimes mistakenly blame insects for damage caused by wood rot. Rotting logs are what usually first attracts a wide variety of bugs to your home. Carpenter bees and termites are some of the worst culprits when it comes tothe damagedone to log homes by insects.

The Insect That Cause Log Damage

The usual bug suspects are:

  • Carpenter Bees look somewhat like bumble bees and may construct nests in log homes. A round hole is chewed in the wood surface then a tunnel is bored, usually at 90 degrees to the entrance. The tunnels may be used year after year, and lengthened each year. Damage is caused by this repeated use of the wood, which may weaken it directly or cause damage by allowing water to penetrate the log.
  • Termites are small insects that live in colonies in the soil or in wood. Termites eat wood. Termites convert wood fiber, or cellulose, into sugar and over time a large termite colony can do extensive damage to structures made of wood. Since termites often consume wood from the inside out internally damaged wood can appear normal. Termites are probably less a problem in log homes than in stick frame conventional homes.
  • Longhorned Beetles - are thelarvae of long horned beetles are sometimes called round-headed wood borers. Long horned beetles generally only infest fresh wood and will not re-infest the wood from which they emerge, which limits their potential for damage. Log damage is limited to large bore tunnels and circular to slightly oval exit holes, which should be filled with caulk to repair. Generally no insecticide treatment is needed.
  • Flat-Headed Borers belong to the beetle family Buprestidae. Adult beetles are sometimes called metallic wood borers because of their coloration. The larvae are similar to long horned beetle larvae except that the area behind the head is somewhat flattened. Like long horned beetles these wood borers do not re-infest and thus their potential for damage is limited. Exit holes are flattened oval in shape.belong to the beetle family Buprestidae. Adult beetles are sometimes called metallic wood borers because of their coloration. The larvae are similar to long horned beetle larvae except that the area behind the head is somewhat flattened. Like long horned beetles these wood borers do not re-infest and thus their potential for damage is limited. Exit holes are flattened oval in shape.
  • Powderpost Beetles are the only wood borers that commonly re-infest dry, seasoned wood and can do long term damage. The powderpost beetles that infest softwood timbers are usually in the family Anobiidae (anobiidpowderpost beetles).

Repairing and Preventing Log Home Insect Damage

Performance Log Finishers experts fill holes created by wood-boring insects anywhere in your log home.Before using protective log home stains and sealants, we spray logs with a gentle borate treatment that is designed to soak into the logs and protect them against insects and wood rot.

After the borate treatment is dry, Performance Log Finishers can offer additional protection against insects and rot by using specialized stains and sealants. Call 800-781-2551 to contact Performance Log Finishers to learn how we can help you protect your home against insect damage. If your home is already in need of repair we will assess the problems and advise you on the best course of action.or repair damage caused by such pests.