Spring has sprung, and with the warmer temperatures is a chance to get outside. For a lot of us, that includes projects around the house. There probably isn’t a better time, so make the most of it. However, one problem you may run into while tackling your to-do list could be a big hassle if you’re unprepared: diseased or damaged wood in and around your home. If so, there’s a good chance the culprit is one of these four wood-destroying pests to watch out for this spring:
Causing more than 5 billion dollars in annual property damage, termites are a pervasive force. Subterranean termites are the most destructive of their species due to the large size of their colonies – frequently exceeding one million members – and the fact that they don’t sleep. Instead, these termites tear through your walls, windows, doors, and beams 24 hours a day. If you suspect your home may have been targeted, or have discovered the damage from an infestation yourself, know that it won’t get better on its own. You’re going to need the help of a professional exterminator.
You may have been discouraged from judging a book by its cover, but you’re safe judging these ants by their name. They can often be found tunneling through the frames of your doors and windows, leaving sawdust and destruction in their wake. Your roof and crawlspace are equally vulnerable points of entry, but no matter how they get in, carpenter ants will eventually make their presence known. If you’ve put off replacing rotted boards around your house until warmer weather, don’t wait any longer. While you’re on the ladder or in the basement, look for any signs of damage and stop the problem before it gets worse. If we can help, let us know.
Bad news: the ants and termites aren’t the only wood-eating bugs looking to make a meal out of your house. Carpenter bees bore into wood to build nests. Unlike other bees that build and maintain hives, carpenter bees are solitary insects. Each bee will build its own nest, which could pose a serious threat to your house over time. The next time you’re outside, take a moment to inspect the wooden surfaces of your home. If you notice any round, smooth holes, it may be the entrance to a carpenter bee tunnel. Not only can we eliminate your bee issue, but our team of experts will repair and replace any damaged surfaces left behind.
Anobiid Powderpost Beetles
These little wood-boring beetles wreak havoc wherever they go. Their big name, however, isn’t an accident. Given time, these wood-eating bugs will turn a post into powder. With an affinity for both hard and softwoods, powderpost beetles will destroy everything from timbers and planks to flooring – even musical instruments aren’t off the menu for these pests. If you notice wood in or around your home with multiple holes and a layer of dust or powder on or around the damage, you may have a problem. While it may be isolated to one piece or area, it’s hard to know without a proper inspection. That’s where we can help. Before a small issue gets bigger, call us.
Wood bugs of all shapes and sizes can quickly ruin a beautiful spring day. When it comes to understanding their habits, discovering their hiding places, and putting a stop to their destruction, you can trust Suburban Exterminating to be there for you. We’ve built our reputation on protecting your home like it’s ours – no matter what your specific pest control needs are. Whether you’re dealing with termites, ants, bees, or beetles, or anything in between, we’re on your side. Call us today.