What to Know About Pests Destroying Your Home

Pests are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage annually. Among many common culprits include:

  • Carpenter Ants – These destructive ants burrow into decayed, damp wood. Most common in northern areas, these pests typically come out at night, looking for food and water. When carpenter ants tunnel, they often cause structural damage. This is also a sign of potential water damage.
  • Carpenter Bees – Common in most areas throughout the U.S., carpenter bees are known to burrow into unfinished wood. The telltale sign of carpenter bee habitats are perfectly round holes that are approximately one to two inches in diameter. This is also where they lay their eggs. Carpenter bees are responsible for serious structural damage and their entry holes allow moisture to enter wood.
  • Powderpost Beetles – Laying eggs in crevices, cracks and wood pores, the hatching larvae rely on a diet rich in wood. Anobidd powderpost beetles are known to attack softwoods, such as pine, spruce and fir. These woods are often used for wall studs, floor joists and structural lumber. Lyctid powderpost beetles primarily attach hardwoods, which includes oak, maple, ash and hickory, which are used for wooden floors, cabinets and interior trim.
  • Fungus – Not a traditional pest, wood destroying funguses and organisms cause just as much damage to homes as pests. Wood eating fungus feeds off wood’s cells and is responsible for causing as much, if not more, damage as termites. Common types of fungus rot include white rot, brown rot and dry rot. Treatment requires control methods that are toxic to these organisms, which are also effective in controlling carpenter ants, termites and beetles.
  • Spiders – While spiders are venomous, most are not considered a legitimate health threat. Spiders typically only bite humans if they feel threatened and are responding in a defensive manner. The best way to control spiders is to minimize other in-home pests. This forces spiders outdoors to look for valuable food sources.

Additional pests in homes may include termites, cockroaches, ants, silverfish, wasps and even bees. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean it’s not susceptible to pest damage. For example, beetle larvae can live in unsealed wood for years, unbeknownst to most homeowners.

Helpful tips to reduce pest infestations include covering any exposed dirt, such as in a crawl space or basement, with high-quality plastic, as this helps reduce moisture. If any sawdust residue appears on top of the plastic, this may be a sign that wood boring beetles are present. Always inspect both moldings and flooring.

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