Damage on log home from woodpeckers feeding on boring bee / carpenter bee larvae.
That looks awful!!! Woodpeckers are a real pain. I hung aluminum pan around my porch, and on my log overhangs, and those woodpeckers have gone away. The pans work. Now as for the carpenter bees, we just had a metal roof put on our home, and I told the roofers, to replace my facia boards with treated lumber, and wrap those boards, and the bees have gone other places.
Now mind you, we still have those pest, but not as bad. Now Bats are also a problem, but not really. Up by my roof overhangs, there is a small area, between the overhang and the log siding. Now I have caulked this area on other homes, but I really don't mind if they hang out, at least we don't have spiders. I heard they eat spiders, insects, etc... So they can be a good thing also. The bats can't get into the house, so I figure, what the heck! So I hope this helps!
We just joined the website and am so glad we aren't the only one's with log cabin nightmares! We have been in our log home for 1 year now and freaked out last spring when it seemed our home was being bombarded by bugs. It hadn't been taken care of for at least 3 years so you can imagine it was an insects dream! Our first mistake was calling Orkin, they snowed us so bad, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. We have spiders, carpenter ants/bees, wasps and bats. Woodpeckers have stayed in the trees for now. So far we have just been spraying ourselves. A friend told us for the ants he just sprinkles the granules around the perimeter of the house in the spring and that seems to keep them away. Now battling the bees and wasps. Someone also told us to put a small amount of tin foil into the bee hole and it deflecks them, but who wants foil sticking out of the holes in their house?
I'll be reading the other replies for some ideas on how to keep our home pest free and will offer any help I can also. Thanks for posting!