A paper wasp hive in eves of house

Exterior architectural design makes your home beautiful, but it also serves an important purpose. Soffit and fascia fixtures guard the entry points of your roof and attic, preventing damage from the elements. Even better, properly fitted exteriors can prevent pests and other problems that can wreck your enjoyment of your home.


Soffits are the architectural fixtures under the eaves of your roof. These soffits close access to the roof and provide a clean, decorative look. We don’t often think about this area, but the truth is that it’s highly visible and easy access for pests.

Often, when we redo a home’s exterior, we also check the soffits to see if they need to be redone as well. The reason to redo a soffit might be simply to update the look of the home. Other times, it’s a maintenance issue to improve the security of your home.


Now that you know what soffits are, you might also realize that those rafters are often the favorite nesting place of certain flying, stinging creatures. In Utah, it’s a common place to find wasp nests, beehives, and even hornet nests.

Wasp nests can be dangerous and difficult to remove, and so many homeowners prefer an approach that prevents them from happening in the first place. Properly maintaining soffits is a great step. Here are some tips to prevent nests in your eaves this year:

  • Install quality soffits that resist pests: Here at Burbach exteriors, we specialize in high-quality aluminum soffits, commonly utilized as the most versatile and helpful material for soffits on the market today. We use only the best quality to ensure that these soffits perform their proper function, resisting weather damage and disrepair.
  • Make sure to maintain soffits: Cracks in the material, rotting wood, and holes that allow access into the attic can all attract unwanted pests and lead to moisture damage within your home. Each year, you should survey the perimeter of your home, checking for entry points that might invite wasps and other pests.
  • Spray pest deterrent on soffits in fall and/or early spring: It’s always best to prevent pest infestations in the first place, and there are plenty of products that can serve this function in your home. Spray wasp deterrent yourself, or invite a pest control specialist to treat your home.


Here at Burbach, we specialize in fitting and installing home exterior elements. We strive to give you results that are both functional and beautiful. Are your soffits in need of an upgrade? Give us a call today for an expert consultation.