Termites are the most well-known wood-destroying insects, but there are others that can cause damage to your property. To best protect your home, familiarize yourself with common wood-destroying insects that may infest your home.
Wood-Destroying Insects Include Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are often confused with bumblebees. They have a round body that is similar in size to bumblebees, but their abdomen is shiny and hairless. Carpenter bees tunnel and build their nests in wood that is usually free of paints, sealants, and stains. Because they tend to use the same galleries every year, the damage to an area becomes worse over time if it isn’t repaired. Painting, sealing, and staining wood surfaces will help discourage carpenter bees.
Bark beetles prefer to attack trees that are damaged or diseased. A bark beetle will bore through the bark of the tree. Bark beetles can be a nuisance in log cabins or homes with rustic wooden furniture with bark. The bark beetle is dormant during winter months, so inspect for them during warmer weather.
Carpenter Ants are Common Wood-destroying Insects
You may confuse a termite with a carpenter ant. However, there are some distinct differences. A termite has a wider wingspan than a carpenter ant. The body of a termite is elongated while the carpenter ant looks like a typical ant. Carpenter ants tend to make their homes in the walls of a building. Once they have made their nest, they produce enough moisture rot wood. If you suspect a carpenter ant infestation, call a wood-destroying insect inspector. When an infestation is found, correct the problem by replacing the rotting wood.
The powderpost beetle will turn wood into powdery dust. Homeowners that use salvaged wood tend to have the most problems with this type of insect. Salvaged materials, like old barn wood, should be inspected and treated before coming into the home. Powderpost beetles will damage anything made from wood, from picture frames to musical instruments.