help repairing carpenter bee/rot damage

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help repairing carpenter bee/rot damage

Not sure what this piece is called but its a horizontal board between the gutter and siding. Lots of carpenter bee holes and looks rotten. I'm wondering if this is only from the bee damage or is this piece missing a covering of some sort? Either way, how would I go about repairing or replacing? The piece is like this the whole length of the house. Thanks in advance.
 
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It is probably just me, but I can't tell a lot from the picture. But it seems as if there is more going on than just bees. Peeling paint is an indication of moisture and the moisture may have helped attract the bees. I see you are in cold country, do you have an ice dam problem above that area?

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It's called a soffit. And it looks just like mine. The metal portion running down the middle is for ventilation. All you have to do is pull out the old bad soffit, determine the thickness (mine was 3/8"), get some plywood that thick, cut to fit, and nail/screw it up. But, you may find further problems as mentioned by Bud9051 once you remove the soffit.
 
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Thanks for the info. The moisture issue was probably because when I bought the place it was missing a section of gutter. I was going to replace all the gutters and thats when I noticed the bees and rot. If I take the old soffit off and there's no further damage, should I just replace it with pressure treated wood or should I treat it or seal it or cover it or something to keep the bees from coming back?
 
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If it was mine I'd remove it replace with vinyl vented soffit and have the fascia's wrapped with coil stock.
No more painting no more bee issues.
Do not use pressure treated wood, the bees with still eat it and you would have to wait months for it to dry out before staining or painting.
 
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I don't know that I've ever seen borer bees eat plywood. I'd either replace the plywood soffit as needed or do as Joe suggested and cover the entire soffit with aluminum or vinyl. Another pic or two showing more detail might alter our suggestions.
 
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Just replacing the wood will not necessarily get rid of the bees, however replacing with something other than wood would be preferable in your instance. I was replacing a portion of rotten roof/soffit and the bees were drilling new holes before I even got a chance to shingle the areas I was repairing. Putty won't help as they will drill new holes. The real damage is when the woodpeckers find them and dig at the wood to get them out.
 
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Sorry for the junky picture but its been very rainy lately. Sounds like new wood and vinyl is the way to go. I'd just feel better replacing everything so I know what's there. One more question- what's right behind or attached to the soffit? I'm wondering if the bees/rot could have gone all the way through to another area. Just wanna know what I might be getting into since nothing with this house has been as simple as it seems. Thanks
 
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Down near the bottom of this pdf you will see several soffit configurations detailed. We don't really know which one you have, but this will give you an idea as to what is behind there.
http://www.dos.ny.gov/DCEA/pdf/Energ...insulation.pdf

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The soffit is attached to ceiling rafters, or 2x4 extensions. You have to open it up to find the extent of the problem, which you need to do anyway. Remove the unusable soffit and go from there. To remove it, find a butt soffit joint and pry the damaged piece up initially with a flat-blade screwdriver, then hammer the wood flat so the nail heads are still sticking up, and pull them with a hammer. After you remove it you can get on a ladder with a strong flashlight and inspect inside for damage. Let us know what you find if you need any more help.
 
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Awesome info thanks everybody
 
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Talking Carpenter Bee - natural get rid of

Hi,

Appreciate this posting maybe too late but have you or anyone tried using natural non-toxic solutions like tea tree oil or orange oil spraying methods? I had a similar issue last year with an infestation of Carpenter bees in one of our outdoor shacks. I didn't want to use harsh chemicals to kill off such a beautiful bee, despite being a pest for us

I did a bit of digging around the 'inter-web' and found me this little website that describes different methods (chemical & non-chemical) to get rid of the carpenter bee. Hope it helps

Here's the site: Effectively Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees | How To Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

Ta
Wil
 
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