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Wood Destroying Insect Identification & Prevention

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What are wood-destroying pests?

While termites are the most common wood-destroying insects, carpenter ants and carpenter bees are also dangerous to Hampton Roads homes.

Termites are the most destructive of these common pests, with carpenter ants following and carpenter bees coming in last. Termites and carpenter ants live in large colonies, whereas carpenter bees are solitary insects. These bees bore holes into the wood to nest.

Are wood-destroying insects dangerous?

Depending on the species and severity of the infestation, wood-destroying pests can cause dangerous damage; this is especially true for termites because they eat wood. Depending on the colony's size and how long they have been there, termites can lead to collapses and other structural weaknesses.

Why do I have wood-destroying insects?

The most common reason wood-destroying insects become a problem is that moisture issues have not been fixed. Unfortunately, with these pests, you may not realize they are there right away, so they can be causing damage for some time before being addressed.

Where will I find wood-destroying insects?

While there are many different termites, the most common are subterranean termites. These termites don't live inside wood because they require a much higher moisture level than other species. To ensure they get the moisture needed, subterranean termites live underground and create mud tubes, which also protect them from predators, to travel back and forth from food to nest. You'll find these mud tubes around the foundation and a few feet off the ground.

Conversely, carpenter ants and carpenter bees don't consume wood but live inside it. This ant species will make its way inside through cracks in the foundation and exterior walls. Once inside, they can create galleries in many places, such as in wall voids, door and window frames, chimneys, and other places where there might be moisture issues.

Carpenter bees tend to stay outside where they infest decks, outside furniture, windowsills, and other similar locations.

How do I get rid of wood-destroying insects?

When it comes to wood-destroying insects, assessing the damage they cause and properly removing them are no easy tasks. Because of this, you can rely on our experts at Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions to do these jobs for you.

Our termite control and inspection services are one way you can protect your home against these kinds of pests. Give us a call at Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions to learn about our home pest control and commercial pest control services to help Hampton Roads residents keep wood-destroying insects under control.

How can I prevent wood-destroying insects in the future?

The best way to prevent wood-destroying insects is by eliminating the factors that make your home and property so attractive to them in the first place. You can do this by:

  • Rectifying any excess water and moisture issues such as leaks, poor ventilation, moisture collecting around the foundation, and damaged moisture barriers.
  • Replace or properly treat water-damaged and decaying wood.
  • Removing entryways such as cracks in the foundation.

Call us at Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions for year-round protection against termites, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees!