Wood Destroying Insects (Termite)
With time, the insects around the world and in particular the wood eating insects have found a way to survive in even the toughest and hardest conditions. So, it is highly likely that a house can be affected by the insects who are after wood for their needs.
All of these insects are mostly after the cellulose-based plant which serves as their food. And the worst thing is that there is no such house, regardless of any kind type of constructions, where the use of cellulose has not been made.
They are often called as detritus feeder as well because they do not only eat dead plants and trees but also are fully equipped to eat dead part of living trees and do you know what it means? It means that all of your furniture, shelves, books and anything which makes use of wood is in the sights of these insects or in other words is in “danger”.
How Do They Affect You?
Wood destroying insects cause you a considerable amount of financial damage. Since, they work in low profile, you would not be able to locate their attack on an instant. But when you will do, the amount of damage that they would have done to you would definitely cause you to lose money from your pockets!
Preventing The Attack
As they all love to work in cover, it is highly unlikely that a common man will be able to catch their initial attack, it is possible that he may be able to catch them in the latter stages when they come upfront but at that time, the damage is already done. And for this reason, we suggest periodic termite inspections that will always keep a check on them.
It is usually recommended that after every 6 months or so, an inspection should be carried out especially after a rainy season so as to ensure that you do not have any termites hiding in your home.
Plus, if you are in the market and are looking for a new house, then it is highly recommended that you have it inspected for termite because knowing about them after you have put pen to paper would not do you any good.
These wood destroying insects will inflect pain on you financially but if you act in time and keep a close tab then that pain can be avoided. If you feel or think that you too might be a victim of any of wood eating insects then:
Different Types Of Wood Destroying Insects:
There are not only 2 or 3 which poses danger to your wood but there are many of them. We however focus on only those insects which are the most common ones. So, here they are:
Termites are easily those insects which cause the most amount of damage to the woods. They come with 5 members in their families in the form of Male Reproductive, Female Reproductive, Soldier, Worker, and Winged Reproductive. They travel in large group and do not require any kind of contact with soil to survive. They are amongst those insects which can survive in low moisture content. They in most cases can be found in the undecayed wood.
You can get the idea of how they all look like with the picture below:
Old House Borer
These insects are the most common one from their family. They love to attack old homes or buildings but that does not mean new ones are out of their target. They are known to work really slowly and for this reason the infected part tends to take years before you can actually see it.
These insects are colorful creatures which are large in nature. They resemble quite a lot with bumble bees with the only difference being is that bumble bees are covered with dense hairs while the carpenter ones have shiny and bare black upper surface.
These insects in most cases construct their nests outdoor or in decorative wood such as log homes, siding, trim etc. They work by digging a round hole of about half diameter in the wood through which a tunnel is bored to the 90 degrees angle.
Talking about seasoned woods, these insects are potentially the most dangerous ones. They are small and have the ability to damage both kind of woods i.e. hardwood and softwoods.
What makes them so dangerous is their ability to infest multiple times on the dry, seasoned wood over many years.
They can adapt to any kind of environment and are an extremely diverse. Powderpost beetles can find their food in almost anything and that is the reason, they are not only after wood but a lot of other household elements as well. This wood boring insect is the most common one found in the United States. Most of the time, they tend to attack lumbers that is already infested.
If you think you have been affected by them, then verify them using the picture below:
These insects are quite large when compared to other ants and find shelter above ground in cavities. Along with wood, they are also after any sweet or any kind of animal food that can be found. They also can survive on other insects.
Since they mate during spring time, you have to be really careful during this part of the year. The mated Queen Ant fly during the end of spring and try to find a suitable place to lay eggs. The suitable places mostly are inside the floor, a tree slump or behind the wall. In most cases, the damage is only exposed when it is done in a great amount as only after a whole colony is built, you will start seeing a number of ants in different areas of your home.
The Inspection: How It Works?
The inspector from Lion Inspection upon his visit to your homes will begin searching for the places where the major wood eating insects usually live. As per our experience, we know what the favorite places of these insects are and as a result, we tend to go to those place first before moving to the next ones.
Once we are at the spot, we look for any shreds of evidence that they leave at the place where they are staying. The signs of damp wood or damaged spores or tunnels are the evidence for the presence of these insects.
We after our inspection will give you an NPMA-33 (National Pest Management Association ) report that will have all of our findings and suggestions!